We work with retail outlets and minors to enforce tobacco control bylaws and regulations such as the
Tobacco Control Act
Tobacco Control Regulation
that prohibit the sale of tobacco to minors. The Act and Regulation also restricts the sale, distribution, advertising/promotion of tobacco and where tobacco may be used.
Compliance checks of retailers are done routinely by tobacco enforcement officers where test shoppers (minors under the age of 18), under direct supervision of tobacco enforcement officers, are asked to attempt to purchase a tobacco product from retailers.
Progressive enforcement on failure to comply with the Tobacco Control Act and Regulation can lead to a violation ticket being issued or the suspension of the vendor's license to sell tobacco products.
Fines range from $58 to $575 depending on the violation. Retailers and the general public may call for more information about the
Tobacco Control Act and Tobacco Control Regulation and how they are enforced.
It is the responsibility of the retailers to ensure that they and their staff know and comply with the Tobacco Control Laws. Download the Tobacco retailer resource kit
for more information and helpful tips.