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Tobacco and Vapour Product Retailers

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA, 2017) regulates the sale, supply, use, display, and promotion of tobacco and vapour products (e.g., vapes, e-cigarettes, and e-substances), as well as the smoking and vaping of cannabis.1

If you are an owner, employer or employee that sells tobacco products or vapour products in Ontario, you must follow the rules as outlined in the SFOA, 2017.2 Tobacco and vapour product retailers have a legal responsibility to ensure compliance with these rules. Resources are available to assist retailers understand what is required of them.


SFOA, 2017 - Retailer Responsibilities

Retailer Training

Guide for Retailers (PDF 1.1MB) is now available to assist owners and employees to better understand the requirements of the SFOA, 2017 regarding the sale, supply, display and promotion of tobacco and vapour products.


Did you know?

If you are buying a store that sells tobacco and/or vapour products, make sure you look into the store’s enforcement history by emailing the Middlesex-London Health Unit.

Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 convictions of the past owner may affect your ability to sell tobacco and/or vapour products.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Smoke-Free Information Line:


In addition to the Guide for Retailers (provided by the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care), the Middlesex-London Health Unit offers free information sessions for local storeowners and employees, where the legal responsibilities of tobacco and vapour product retailers are reviewed.


Tobacco products include cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, specialty tobacco products such as chewing tobacco, pipe tobacco, snus and snuff, and tobacco sticks or capsules used in vapour products.

Vapour products include electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), any part of an e-cigarette (e.g. coils), and substances made or sold to be used in an e-cigarette.

Date of creation: January 8, 2013
Last modified on: July 26, 2019


1Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care. 2018. Where you can't smoke or vape in Ontario. Retrieved from
2Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care. 2018. Rules for selling tobacco and vapour products. Retrieved from