The Bill makes various amendments to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017. Here are some highlights:
1. The Act is amended to prohibit the promotion of vapour products.
2. Currently, the Act prohibits the sale at retail or the sale for the purposes of sale at retail of vapor products prescribed as a flavoured vapour product. The Act is amended to provide that this restriction applies with respect to flavoured vapour products generally, unless the flavour or flavouring agent contained in the vapour product is prescribed. The Act is also amended to provide that this prohibition applies to vapour products that contain more than specified amounts of nicotine.
3. The Act is amended to provide that vapour products can only be sold in specialty vape stores, as well as to provide that no person may operate a specialty vape store without the approval of the board of health of the area in which the store is to be located. Corresponding offences are added to the Act.
4. The Act is amended to provide that the Minister may direct that tax revenue generated from the sale of vapour products at specialty vape stores be used for the purpose of educating the public about the health risks associated with vaping, provided that the Legislature has appropriated funds for this purpose.
5. The Act, as amended, would require Ontario Health to prepare an annual report to the Minister respecting youth vaping that sets out information and recommendations to assist the Minister in developing policies to reduce youth vaping.
Bill 151 2019
An Act to amend the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 with respect to activities related to vapour products
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:
1 (1) Subsection 1 (1) of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 is amended by adding the following definition:
“board of health” has the same meaning as in the Health Protection and Promotion Act; (“conseil de santé”)
(2) The definitions of “electronic cigarette” and “e-substance” in subsection 1 (1) of the Act are repealed.
(3) The definition of “vapour product” in subsection 1 (1) of the Act is repealed and the following substituted:
“vapour product” means a device that produces emissions in the form of an aerosol that are intended to be inhaled and any part, product or substance that is intended to be used with such a device and includes the package in which the product is sold. (“produit de vapotage”)
2 Subsection 4.1 (2) of the Act is repealed and the following substituted:
(2) No person shall promote vapour products in any manner.
3 Subsection 6 (1) of the Act is amended by striking out “vapour products” in the portion before paragraph 1.
4 Paragraph 2 of section 9 of the Act is repealed and the following substituted:
2. A vapour product that is represented as being flavoured, that contains a flavouring agent or that is presented by its packaging, by advertisement or otherwise as being flavoured, unless the flavour or flavouring agent has been prescribed.
2.1 A vapour product containing nicotine that,
i. in the case of a vapour pod or a liquid, contains more than 20 milligrams of nicotine per millilitre, and
ii. in the case of all other vapour products, contains more than the prescribed amount of nicotine.
5 The Act is amended by adding the following sections:
Meaning of specialty vape store
10.1 (1) A retail establishment is a specialty vape store for the purposes of section 10.2 if it meets all of the following requirements:
1. At least 85 per cent of the establishment’s total sales for the previous 12 months must be from vapour products or, if the retail establishment has been in operation for less than 12 months, at least 85 per cent of the establishment’s total inventory purchases for the time it has been in existence consist of vapour products or at least 85 per cent of the total sales for the time it has been in existence consist of vapour products.
2. The remainder of the establishment’s total sales or inventory purchases during the applicable period in paragraph 1 must be from or consist of other items reasonably associated with a vapour product or branded with the name of the specialty vape store or a brand of vapour product.
3. Any requirements established by the board of health for the place where the retail establishment is located.
4. Any prescribed requirements.
(2) A board of health that establishes any requirements for the purposes of paragraph 3 of subsection (1) shall publish the requirements on its website.
Part III of the Legislation Act, 2006
(3) Part III (Regulations) of the Legislation Act, 2006 does not apply to any requirements established by the board of health.
Rules respecting retail sale of vapour products
10.2 (1) No person shall sell or offer to sell vapour products at retail other than in a specialty vape store.
Approval of local board of health
(2) No person shall operate a specialty vape store in a location without first obtaining the approval of the board of health for the place where it is located.
Criteria for approval
(3) In determining whether to approve a specialty vape store, the board of health shall consider the impact of the store on public health, in addition to its proximity to a school within the meaning of the Education Act or any of the other places listed in subsection 6 (1) and any prescribed considerations.
(4) A board of health may impose conditions on any approval to operate a specialty vape store.
Standard condition: persons under 19 years of age
(5) Every approval issued under this section is subject to the following conditions:
1. Persons who are less than 19 years old are not permitted inside of the specialty vape store.
2. Persons who appear to be less than 25 years old are not permitted inside of the specialty vape store unless the person has provided satisfactory identification lawfully issued to him or her indicating that the person is at least 19 years old.
(6) A board of health may, after providing the notice required by the regulations, revoke an approval to operate a specialty vape store if,
(a) any conditions on the approval have been contravened; or
(b) any other provision of this Act respecting vapour products has been contravened.
(7) If the approval of a specialty vape store is revoked, the operator of the store shall cease operating it on or before the day on which the revocation is effective.
(8) The regulations may,
(a) prescribe procedures for obtaining a board of health’s approval to operate a specialty vape store and the revocation of such an approval by the board of health;
(b) provide for inspections of a specialty vape store by an agent of a board of health; and
(c) provide for reviews of decisions of the board of health, including procedures for such reviews.
(9) Subsection (2) does not apply to a specialty vape store that is operating on the day section 5 of the Smoke-Free Ontario Amendment Act (Vaping is not for Kids), 2019 comes into force for a period of 12 months beginning on that day.
Use of revenue
10.3 (1) The Minister may direct that tax revenue generated from the sale of vapour products at specialty vape stores be used for the purpose of educating the public about the health risks associated with vaping.
(2) Subsection (1) only applies to the extent that the Legislature has appropriated funds for the purposes of that subsection.
Annual report on vapour products
10.4 Ontario Health shall prepare an annual report to the Minister respecting youth vaping setting out any information or recommendations that may assist the Minister in developing policies to reduce youth vaping.
6 Section 12 of the Act is amended by adding the following subsection:
Sampling of vapour products
(3) Despite paragraph 1 of subsection (2) and subject to any prescribed requirements or conditions, sampling is permitted in a specialty vape store, but only a maximum of two persons may sample a vapour product at any given time.
7 (1) Section 21 of the Act is amended by adding the following subsection:
Continuing offence, specialty vape store
(5.1) A person who contravenes subsection 10.2 (2) is guilty of an offence and on conviction is liable, for each day or part of a day on which the offence occurs or continues, to a fine of not more than $5,000.
(2) Tables 1 and 2 to section 21 of the Act are each amended by adding “10.2 (1)” before “14 (1) (c)” wherever it appears in Column 1.
8 Section 24 of the Act is amended by adding the following subsection:
Restriction on exemptions
(3) Despite clause (1) (g), the regulations may not provide for an exemption from this Act that would permit any of the activities referred to in section 9 as they relate to vapour products referred to in paragraph 2 or 2.1 of that section.
9 This Act comes into force 120 days after it receives Royal Assent.
10 The short title of this Act is the Smoke-Free Ontario Amendment Act (Vaping is not for Kids), 2019.