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Federal Legislation & Regulations

Tobacco and Vaping Products Act (2018) addresses the use of vaping products and provides regulatory authority to require plain and standardized packaging for tobacco products. The Act:

  • legalizes the sale of vaping products containing nicotine
  • bans the sale of vaping products to those under the age of 18
  • allows the federal government to implement child-resistant pakcaging for vaping liquids with nicotine, to help protect children from nicotine poisoning
  • prohibits the promotion of vaping products that are appealing to youth (such as dessert and candy flavours) and restricts certains types of promotion of vaping products (lifestyle advertisements, celebrity endorsements, sponsorships)
  • provides regulatory authority to allow the federal government to require plain and standardized packaging for tobacco products

The Non-Smokers Health Act (1985) is the major piece of federal legislation that regulates second-hand smoke exposure. The Federal Government has jurisdiction over several aspects of tobacco use:

  • Federally-regulated workplaces such as federal government offices and banks are smoke-free under federal legislation;
  • Various advertising bans or restrictions concerning television, radio, print and sponsorship advertising are in force under federal statutes;
  • Changes in tobacco tax are traditionally initiated by the federal Finance Minister with agreement from the provinces;
  • The regulation of nicotine as a drug and of tobacco products as hazardous products is a federal responsibility, as are new package health warnings.

The Act was amended by the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act in May 2018 to prohibit vaping in federally regulated workplaces and certain modes of transportation.

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