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Legislative changes impact e-cig vendors and hookah lounges

Amendments have been made to the Smoke-free Environment Act, 2005 and the Tobacco Control Act (now called the Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act (TVPCA) as part of the provincial government’s efforts to prevent and reduce smoking.

In June 7, 2016, the TVPCA was expanded to include tobacco, e-cigarettes and non-tobacco shisha products. Minors are not allowed to buy e-cigarettes; and the use of e-cigarettes in public places, workplaces, and motor vehicles when a person under 16 is present, is prohibited.

As of July 1, 2017, it is illegal to sell flavoured tobacco, including menthol cigarettes. It is also illegal to sell e-cigarettes and non-tobacco shisha in a business that is not licensed to sell tobacco products. The same restrictions on the display and promotion of tobacco products, will apply to e-cigarettes and non-tobacco shisha, and a prohibition on hookah/water pipe smoking in indoor public places, including hookah lounges, has come into effect.

More information on the changes can be found on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador website.