Tips for Owners
Tips for Employers
- Let your employees know that when they are charged with selling electronic cigarettes or component parts, to anyone under 19 years old, you as the store owner or corporation can also be charged.
- Tell your employees to I.D. everyone who looks under 25.
- Teach your employees to be familiar with acceptable I.D, using the Acceptable I.D handout.
- Test your employees on the three easy steps for checking I.D.
- Teach your employees methods on how to refuse the sale of all different types of electronic cigarette products.
- Have your employees sign the Employee Responsibility Sign-off sheet included in the Not to Kids Binder.
- Aside from provincial labour laws, there is no minimum age for selling electronic cigarettes.
Quick Legal Reference
Customers must be at least 19 years of age to buy electronic cigarettes and their component parts.
Employees and employers must request Identification from anyone who appears to be under the age of 25 and confirm that they are at least 19.
Prescribed signs must be posted in any place where electronic cigarettes and their component parts are either sold or offered for sale.
Persons who sell electronic cigarettes in violation of the law may be charged with an offence and if convicted could face a maximum fine:
- For individuals: $4,000 (for a first offence) or $10,000 - $100,000 (for any further offence)
- For corporations: $10,000 (for a first offence) or $20,000 - $150,000 (for any further offence)
The Electronic Cigarettes Act, 2015 (ECA) states that a store owner/operator is responsible for the actions of his/her employee(s) unless the owner exercised due diligence to prevent any contraventions. Use of this website by an employer in order to train staff does not necessarily prove due diligence for the purposes of a prosecution.