Tobacco and Vapour Products Control

Tobacco and Vapour Products Control focuses on preventing the display, promotion, and sale of tobacco products to minors and protecting the public from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke through enforcement of provincial legislation.

It is against the law to:

  • Smoke in most fully or substantially enclosed public places*
  • Smoke within 6 metres of most public doorways and by open windows and air intakes*
  • Display tobacco or vapour products anywhere where they are sold, if accessible to youth under 19
  • Advertise and promote tobacco or vapour products, or their brand elements, other than as permitted by regulation
  • Sell tobacco or vapour products in hospitals and health care facilities; public universities and colleges; public athletic and recreational facilities; and provincial buildings
  • Use tobacco or vapour products on school grounds and on health board property

*Some municipalities may have a more restrictive bylaw.

Enforcement Officers regularly conduct inspections of tobacco and vapour product retailers to ensure compliance with the requirements of the provincial Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act and Regulation.

These requirements include: prohibiting sale of tobacco and vapour products to minors, signage requirements, minimum package size and prohibiting sale of tobacco products from open packages. If you see a retailer selling tobacco or vapour products to a minor or violating this law, please report it to your local Enforcement Officer. 

Additional Resources

For more information on Tobacco and Vapour Products Control in B.C., please visit BC Ministry of Health webpage.

Contact us

Contact your local Tobacco and Vapour Products Control office for more information or to:

  • File a complaint
  • Request No Smoking signs
  • Request information on selling tobacco and/or vapour products

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