Are e-cigarettes legal in Canada?
Absolutely! There are no laws against electronic cigarettes in Canada. Electronic cigarettes, accessories, and e-liquid with and without nicotine are legal, regulated, consumer alternatives to smoking – and are legally sold, bought, owned and used as such in Canada.
Here are 4 myth’s exposed about the miss-information regarding the legality of electronic cigarettes in Canada:
MYTH : E-cigarette products in Canada are unregulated.
FACT : E-cigarette products in Canada are regulated, but the government of Canada is not recognizing or enforcing the applicable regulations.
E-cigarette hardware items (batteries, cartridges, USB chargers, plastic or metal tubes, electronic merchandise etc) are regulated under certification standards in numerous industries as consumer products. E-juice with nicotine is regulated under the Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations, 2001, since it meets the legal definition of a consumer chemical product.
MYTH : The laws of Canada are not applicable, unless the government conspicuously says they are.
FACT : Regardless of what the government says or does not say, the law itself speaks truthfully and clearly. The laws of Canada are always applicable – and ignorance or defiance of the law (be it found in the government, or in an e-cigarette business) does not change this.
MYTH : E-cigarette products with nicotine are illegal in Canada.
FACT : There is no law stating that e-cigarette products with or without nicotine are illegal in Canada. These products are legal, regulated, consumer alternatives to smoking – and are legally sold, bought, owned and used as such in Canada.
MYTH : Canadian law on e-cigarettes and nicotine is a “grey area.”
FACT : Canadian law on e-cigarettes and nicotine is not “grey” at all. The law is exceedingly clear. Only liars with an agenda, or people who are confused because they have not adequately researched the law, mistakenly claim that the law is a “grey area.”
Confusion on this matter is easily traced back to Health Canada – which states that e-cigarette products with nicotine remain unauthorized as smoking-cessation medicines (“drugs”). But since e-cigarette products with nicotine are not medicines (provided they do not claim to be such), a lack of authorization as a medicine is not a valid criticism. Coffee, despite containing an addictive substance, is not authorized as a medicine either – because it isn’t one and doesn’t claim to be one. It is regulated as a consumer beverage, and sold as such.
See the first two myths again on this page, as well as section 6 subsection 3 of our Testing page (“The Proof Is In The Pudding”) for more.
Thank you to what does the law say website for much of this information.