Federal Regulations

A number of regulations have been made pursuant to the Tobacco Act, regarding the manufacture, sale, labelling and promotion of tobacco products. For more information on specific regulations, consult the resources below.

Also, public consultations are held whenever new regulatory proposals are developed. Please visit our Current Public Consultations page for the latest.

Tobacco Products Labelling Regulations (Cigarettes and Little Cigars)
The Tobacco Products Labelling Regulations (Cigarettes and Little Cigars) (TPLR-CLC) are an important component of the Federal Tobacco Control Strategy, which aims to reduce the smoking rates in Canada. The TPLR-CLC, which came into force in September 2011, stipulate the requirements for the health-related labels that must be displayed on cigarette and little cigar packages.

Promotion of Tobacco Products and Accessories Regulations (Prohibited Terms)
The Promotion of Tobacco Products and Accessories Regulations (Prohibited Terms) prohibit the use of the terms "light" and "mild", and variations thereof, on various tobacco products, their packaging, promotions, retail displays, as well as on tobacco accessories.

Regulations Amending the Tobacco Products Information Regulations
The Regulations Amending the Tobacco Products Information Regulations serve three main purposes: to remove the application of the Tobacco Products Information Regulations (TPIR) to cigarettes and little cigars; to respond to issues identified by Parliament's Standing Joint Committee on Scrutiny of Regulations (SJCSR); and to remove the obligation to list numerical values for toxic emissions.

Reduced Ignition Propensity Cigarettes
Fires started by smokers' materials are the leading known cause of fire-related death in Canada. To address this issue, Health Canada is requiring all cigarettes manufactured or imported for sale in Canada to have a reduced likelihood of igniting upholstered furniture, mattresses and bedding.

Tobacco (Access) Regulations
The Tobacco Act prohibits the sell of tobacco products to young persons (18 years of age or less) and requires retailers of tobacco products to post signs that inform the public that furnishing tobacco products to young persons is prohibited by law. These regulations specify the place, manner, form and content of signs to be posted in retail outlets. The regulations also set out the documentation that may be used to verify the age of the person purchasing tobacco products and exempt duty-free shop operators.

Tobacco Reporting Regulations
Under these regulations, tobacco manufacturers and importers must provide Health Canada with annual reports which include their sales data, manufacturing information, tobacco product ingredients, toxic constituents, toxic emissions, research activities and promotional activities.

Tobacco (Seizure and Restoration) Regulations
The Tobacco Act contains enforcement powers that can be exercised by designated inspectors. Where, in the lawful exercise of those enforcement powers, an inspector seizes a tobacco product or other, its owner may apply to a court for a restoration of the seized product. These regulations outline the restoration procedure under the Tobacco Act.

Tobacco Products Information Regulations
The Tobacco Products Information Regulations (TPIR) adopted under the authority of the Tobacco Act in 2000, represented a major departure from previous labelling approaches. Not only were the TPIR the first regulations to require graphic health warnings to be displayed, they also mandated the inclusion of health messages containing information to help people quit smoking and expanded the requirements for presenting toxic emission/constituent levels.

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