Last spring, the Government of B.C. passed legislation aimed at stopping the use of e-cigarettes (vapour products) by young people (the Tobacco Control Amendment Act). Government is seeking input on the development of proposed regulations until November 20, 2015. The provisions are scheduled to come into force on February 1, 2016.

The elements on which the Ministry is seeking input include: (a) date the law will come into force, (b) minimum age of customers and required identification; (c) restrictions on the promotion, sale and use of vapour products; (d) expansion of the buffer zones (outside doorways, open windows and air intakes) and locations where tobacco and vapour products may be used.

The Government’s consultation document can be found here.

Next Steps

RCC will monitor consultations around the development of regulations.


The Government of British Columbia introduced legislation in March 2015 (which passed and received Royal Assent within two months) to help stop the growth of e-cigarette use by young people in B.C. The law includes requirements for retailers to ensure e-cigarettes are sold only to adults aged 19 and above, and to allow regulation of retail displays and retail advertising (to reduce young people’s exposure to promotion of vapour products).

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Greg Wilson, Director, Government Relations (B.C.) at: [email protected] or 604-736-0368