Forward Regulatory Plan 2022-2024: Amendments to the Tobacco Access Regulations (Age Verification for Online Sales)
Title of Regulatory Initiative
Amendments to the Tobacco Access Regulations (Age Verification for Online Sales)
Health Canada is proposing amendments to the Tobacco Access Regulations (Age Verification for Online Sales) to restrict young persons from accessing vaping products and tobacco products through online retailers.
The proposed regulations would amend current regulations to include vaping products, as they currently only apply to tobacco. The proposed regulations would also prescribe, in greater detail, the actions regulated parties may take to verify age and identity in the context of online sales.
Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)
This initiative is not part of a formal regulatory cooperation work plan.
Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses
It is anticipated the proposed regulations would impact everyone who engages in online sales as these parties would be required to comply with the requirements set forth.
Health Canada published a consultation document on April 11, 2019, setting out potential regulatory measures to reduce youth access and appeal of vaping products.
A summary of the consultation was published in the What We Heard: Reducing Youth Access and Appeal of Vaping Products: Consultation Summary.
Canadians will have the opportunity to provide comments on the regulatory proposal during the Canada Gazette, Part I, public comment period, which is expected to take place in spring 2023 and last 45 days.
Related information can be found on the Government of Canada's About Vaping webpage.
Additional information can be requested from the departmental contact.
Departmental contact information
Tobacco Products Regulatory Office
Tobacco Control Directorate
Controlled Substances and Cannabis Branch
Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory
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