Are these products legal?
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Health Canada’s Tobacco and Vaping Act (TVPA) was enacted in May 2018 to regulate aspects of tobacco and vaping products. This federal act:
- Prohibits the sale of vaping products to those under 19 years of age
- Prohibits the promotion of vaping products that are appealing to youth, such as cotton candy or chocolate cake
The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA) has been updated to include vaping products. This provincial act enforces the:
- Sale or supply of e-cigarettes to persons under the age of 19.
- Use of an e-cigarette to vape any substance in all enclosed public spaces and enclosed workplaces, as well as additional prohibited places, such as children’s playgrounds, on or within 20 meters from the perimeter of school grounds and recreational facility properties, and on and within 9 meters of bar/restaurant patios.
The SFOA is enforced locally by the Tobacco Enforcement Officers (TEOs) at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. Contact a WECHU TEO for questions or to submit a complaint at https://www.wechu.org/submit-complaint-tobacco-smoking-vaping-or-cannabis
It is also important to be aware of local municipal by-laws that further restrict areas where vaping is permitted.