Penalties And Seizure
Anyone who is non-compliant with the rules set out in the Electronic Cigarettes Act (ECA) can be charged with an offence.
|Schedule 4.0.1 Electronic Cigarettes Act, 2015 Fines
Electronic Cigarettes Act Offence
|Sell electronic cigarette to a person who is less than 19 years old||$300|
|Supply electronic cigarette to a person who is less than 19 years old||$300|
|Sell electronic cigarette to a person who appears to be less than 25 years old||$300|
|Supply electronic cigarette to a person who appears to be less than 25 years old||$300|
|Present identification not lawfully issued to holder||$150|
|Failure to post age restriction signs||$200|
|Failure to post identification signs||$200|
|Permit vending machines for selling or dispensing electronic cigarettes||$300|
Found in Subsection 14(10) of the Electronic Cigarettes Act, an owner is deemed liable for the actions of their employees (actions done contrary to certain sections of the ECA), unless the owner exercised due diligence to prevent the contravention.
- When an employee is charged with contravention of section 2,3,5,6,7 or 8 of the ECA , the store owner or corporation may also be charged.
- Penalties for stores can be higher than those for an individual.
Owners and managers should train their employees on the responsibilities of selling electronic cigarettes and their component parts under the ECA and are advised to keep employee training records.
Inspectors may seize electronic cigarette and their component parts that are being sold in a vending machine unless the vending machine is only operable by a retailer or employee.
Failure to post identification and age restriction signs may result in a fine.