Electronic Cigarettes Act: legislation, inspections, and complaints

Electronic Cigarettes Act (ECA)

The Electronic Cigarettes Act came into force on January 1, 2016. Enforcement of the Act focuses on preventing the display, promotion, and sale of electronic cigarette products to individuals under 19 years of age.

It is against the law to:

For more information on the law and how it applies to you, please read the Electronic Cigarettes Act and Regulations (Government of Ontario).

Electronic cigarette inspections and enforcement

Vendor inspections

Public Health Sudbury & Districts conducts two types of inspections of vendors under the ECA. The first is a compliance inspection which is done once per year to ensure that display, marketing, and product restrictions under the Act and Regulation are being met.

The second type of inspection is an Access to Minors or Test Shop. These inspections are also conducted once annually to verify that electronic cigarette products are not being sold to individuals under the age of 19.

Infractions found at either of these inspections can lead to the issuance of an offence notice (ticket).

Check Before You Go! to view a full listing of Electronic Cigarette vendors that have been convicted of an infraction in the past 12 months.

Electronic cigarette complaints

If you see a retailer selling electronic cigarettes to a person who is less than 19 years of age, please report it to Public Health Sudbury & Districts. Our Tobacco Enforcement Officers follow-up on all complaints. You can submit your question or complaint online or by calling 705.522.9200, ext. 522 (toll-free 1.866.522.9200).


This item was last modified on April 19, 2018