Working to improve the health of the population and the quality of life of the people we serve.
As part of a broad strategy to reduce tobacco use in BC, Tobacco Control focuses on preventing the display, promotion, and sale of tobacco products to minors and protecting the public and employees from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke through enforcement of provincial legislation.
As of March 31, 2008, it is against the law to:
*Some municipalities may have a more restrictive bylaw. See if your city has enhanced bylaw protection from second hand smoke.
Tobacco Enforcement Officers regularly conduct inspections and compliance checks to see if requirements of the provincial Tobacco Control Act and Regulation, as well as sections of the federal Tobacco Act, are being met.
These requirements include: prohibiting sale of tobacco to minors, signage requirements, minimum package size and prohibiting sale of cigarettes from open packages. If you see a retailer selling tobacco to a minor or violating this law, please report it to your local Tobacco Control Officer. Individuals who smoke in prohibited places will be subject to a fine.
For more information on fines, penalties, and clarification of regulatory requirements, contact your local Tobacco Control office.