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An electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette, is a device made of stainless steel or plastic that mimics a cigarette in terms of its appearance, use and sometimes tastes, but does not contain tobacco. A typical e-cigarette consists of a battery, an atomizer that heats the liquid and turns it into a vapour, and a cartridge that contains flavouring and (sometimes) nicotine in a base of propylene glycol (PG) or vegetable glycerin (VG) and water.

E-Cigarettes and their refill products without nicotine are available in a variety of locations for purchase, however e-cigarettes with nicotine as well as nicotine cartridges and e-liquid containing nicotine cannot legally be imported, marketed, or sold in Canada until Health Canada has approved them. Also Health Canada does not permit these products with or without nicotine to make a health claim.

Health Canada Advises Canadians Not to Use Electronic Cigarettes


E-cigarettes are almost certainly less harmful than tobacco cigarettes, but little is known about their longer term safety. 


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The Ontario Government passed the Electronic Cigarette Act in May 2015. Regulations for the act came into effect January 1, 2016 and restrict the sale and supply of electronic cigarettes to persons under 19 years of age and require retailer to post the required signage.

For more information visit the Electronic Cigarettes Act.



Date of Creation: June 1, 2015

Last Modified: March 22, 2017