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Brief Overview

Health Canada classifies nicotine-containing e-cigarettes as new drugs under the Food and Drug Regulations. As such, there are restrictions on their sale, advertisement, promotion, sponsorship, importation and manufacturing. Products without nicotine are not regulated.

Ontario implemented the Electronic Cigarettes Act in 2016. Provisions of the act include:

  • A ban on sale and supply to minors;

Other provisions are to come into effect at a date yet to be determined. When that happens, the following will be banned:

  • Sale wherever tobacco sales are banned (regulatory authority to make some exemptions);
  • Vaping in or on school property, daycares, private home daycares, reserved seating in sports arenas, in cars with kids under 16;
  • Point-of-sale promotion from outside premises, only signage showing price and availability allowed, but there is the regulatory authority to allow some exemptions;
  • Promotion at entertainment venues;
  • Regulatory authority to ban prescribed flavors.

Ontario has a thriving vaping scene and retail stores can be found mainly in Ottawa and Toronto, with a number of shops available throughout other southern parts of the state.

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