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Selling e-cigarettes (containing nicotine) and control mechanisms
Sale of e-cigarettes
Allowed [1, 2, 3]
As tobacco products
Yes [1, 2, 3]
As medicinal products
Yes [1, 2, 3]
As consumer goods
Yes [1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

General use and availability
Legal to use
Yes [1, 2, 3]
Legal to sell e-cigarette device
Yes [1, 2, 3]
Legal to sell nicotine
Yes [1, 2, 3]
Legal to buy device online (personal use)
Yes [1, 2, 3]
Legal to buy nicotine online (personal use)
Yes [1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Health
Minimum age restrictions on sales
Yes 19+ [1, 2, 3]
Legal restrictions on vaping in public places
Yes [1, 2, 3]
References

1. Vapetrotter website. Available at: https://www.vapetrotter.com/laws/

2. Global tobacco control website. Available at: https://www.globaltobaccocontrol.org/node/14052

3. Tobacco Control Laws website. Available at : https://www.tobaccocontrollaws.org/legislation/

Notes on methodology & limitations

Data has been collected from a range of sources which are openly available online, such as vaping information/regulation websites & direct from country's legislation where available. In a few instances information has been included which was received from individuals specialising in the field. The regulatory picture changes frequently and these data boxes show the situation at time of going to press. This website will be updated as/when new regulatory information is received. There are gaps in the data available - readers are invited to send in updated information to the GSTHR team.

Country News

  • Tuesday, June 04, 2019
  • Simcoe Muskoka health unit recognizes local landmarks for promoting smoke-, vape-free environment

  • The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is recognizing a number of local landmarks for supporting a smoke- and vape-free environment, including Georgian College and the North Muskoka Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic.

    Georgian College has made all of its locations smoke- and vape-free, inclusive of e-cigarettes, hookah and cannabis. The health unit is also recognizing five local health organizations for implementing the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation, which identifies and documents the smoking status of every patient, taking steps to stop people from smoking.

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019
  • Unconstitutional | Judge Tosses Key Provisions of Quebec’s Anti-Vaping Law

  • A Superior Court judge invalidates key provisions of Quebec’s Tobacco Control Act, which promulgated harsh new regulations and fines, seemingly intended to eviscerate the vaping industry.

    The ruling comes after a three-year legal challenge spearheaded by the Canadian Vaping Association, which argued the vaping restrictions infringe on the “right to security of the person” and “freedom of expression” under both the Canadian and Quebec charters of rights and freedoms.

  • Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Montreal redefines the term ‘butthead’ in bid to cut down on pollution

  • The City of Montreal is redefining the word butthead in a bid to keep city streets clean and cut down on pollution.

     

    In a new social media campaign, the city defines a butthead as “someone who throws their cigarette butts on the ground.” In Montreal and other big cities, discarded butts make up around 30 per cent of litter found on the ground. On its website, the city explains that just one cigarette butt can contain up to 7,000 toxic chemicals, and if thrown on the ground, it can pollute up to 500 litres of water.

  • Friday, May 10, 2019
  • Canadians support urgent government action to address youth vaping: leger poll

  • A new national Leger poll reveals that large majorities of Canadians support urgent action by the federal government to significantly restrict vaping product advertising to help curb increasing youth consumption of nicotine vaping products. Recent revelations have confirmed that Canada's youth are following the same trends seen south of the border, where both the FDA chief and the Surgeon General have qualified the rise in youth vaping as "an epidemic".

  • Monday, May 06, 2019
  • Quebec court rejects elements of province’s vaping legislation

  • Quebec is within its rights to legislate on vaping, but a provision banning demonstrations of vaping products inside shops or specialized clinics goes too far, a Quebec judge has ruled.

    In a judgment released Friday, the court also invalidated another section of the provincial law prohibiting the advertising of vaping products to smokers seeking to kick their habit. A legal challenge was brought by an association representing Quebec vape shops and the Canadian Vaping Association.

  • Thursday, May 02, 2019
  • Canada’s plain-packaging rules for tobacco products the toughest in the world, health experts say

  • Tobacco products in Canada must be sold in packages that are brown, devoid of all colours and logos and feature large, graphic health warnings, according to new federal rules that health experts say are the toughest in the world.

    The plain-packaging regulations, which were announced Wednesday and will come into force at retail stores next February, are a key pillar in the federal government’s strategy to reduce tobacco use among Canadians to less than 5 per cent of the population by 2035.