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    Bill 14 British Columbia Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act (Updated June 11/16)

    Hello Everyone,

    Just wanted to update everyone in regards to Bill 14 in British Columbia which is the Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act . Last year the province of BC came out with bill 14 which they were trying to push through with some pretty strict guidelines. They opened up consultation to the public and allowed the public to submit feedback in November 2015. The bill was supposed to come into effect February 1st but on February 1st 2016 all was silent and no one really had any ideas what was happening. The bill was supposed to come in "by effect" which means it would have been printed in the Gazette but nothing was seen.

    Fast forward to yesterday June 10 2016 and I as well as many other people who submitted feedback received a email from Bill 14 Consultation stating the following:

    Dear Consultation Participant,

    June 10, 2016
    Dear Participant:
    Please accept my thanks for your participation in last fall’s consultation regarding the proposed Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Regulation. Today, I would like to provide you with background information on the scope of the new requirements.
    The Ministry of Health sought feedback in five key areas of the proposed regulation:
     Date of coming into force;
     Minimum age of customers and required identification;
     Restrictions on the promotion, sale and use of vapour products;
     An increase to the size of the buffer zone outside doorways, open windows and air intakes for tobacco and vapour products; and
     The use of vapour products and tobacco on health authority property.
    The Ministry of Health reviewed all submissions and appreciates the advice provided by the broad range of interested parties.
    I have attached a document that outlines the main scope of the regulatory changes that will come into effect on September 1, 2016. If you are a retailer of vapour products, please pay particular note to the information regarding the display, sale and purchase of vapour products. A copy of the new Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act and Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Regulation is being prepared and will be sent to you in July 2016.
    Thank you for your feedback on the proposed regulation. You are helping shape laws that protect youth.
    Yours truly,
    Matt Herman
    They supplied attachment files going over the amended bill which you can view here:

    http://www.wackedoutecig.ca/Backgrou...10,%202016.pdf

    Some brief description of some of the new regulations include
    -No sales to minors (19+ only)
    -As a result, vapour products cannot be advertised or displayed in stores where those under 19 years of age have access.
    -If your store allows all ages to enter the store, then you must ensure that the vapour products and any advertisements for vapour products are not visible to minors in your store. This includes any objects like mugs or hats that promote brands or manufacturers of vapour products
    -If your store only allows adults to enter the store, then you may have vapour products and their promotions out on display. However, you must ensure that people looking into the store from outside cannot see the vapour products or their advertisements.
    -Under the new legislation, anyone selling vapour products must post two mandated warning signs at your cash till or point of sale:
    -An exception was made in the Regulation to allow customers in adult-only vapour products stores to learn how to use vapour products or to test products that they wish to buy. The exception has the following conditions:
     Retailers/employees can hold and activate vapour products only for the purpose of showing customers how to use the product.
     Retailers/employees cannot inhale or use the vapour product.
     A customer can sample an e-substance in the store if:
     They are testing or sampling products that they intend to purchase and consume off-site; and
     Only two customers may sample vapour products at any time in a retail store.
     Retailers/employees cannot use vapour products on site.
     Retailers must take steps to ensure the second hand vapour does not escape to adjacent premises or public areas.
    -If an enforcement officer believes a retailer or their employee has contravened the Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act or Regulation, the officer has two main options:  A ticket can be issued: ticket vary from $345 or $575 depending on the contravention. Fine amounts for contraventions of the Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act and Regulation are provided under the Violation Ticket Administration and Fines Regulation, B.C. Reg. 89/97.  A request can be made for an administrative hearing: an administrative hearing is usually for more serious violations and allows both the retailer and enforcement officer an opportunity to provide evidence in a hearing. If a contravention is found, adjudicators can set monetary penalties and/or suspend tobacco sales authorizations and prohibit the sale of vapour products. Monetary penalties range up to $5,000, and suspensions of tobacco sales authorizations and prohibition of sale of vapour products range up to 180 days. If an enforcement officer believes an individual has contravened one of the Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act or Regulation sections that deal with use in a prohibited place, the ticket is $58 per violation.
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    Hi! I am not a retailer, just a simple vaper that quit smoking 2.5 years ago that is sick and tired of being treated like I am still smoking.

    I understand that Bill 14 is coming into effect on Sept 1st in BC, and from what I have been able find on the internet, we will now be legally lumped in with cigarettes.

    I am just looking for verification of this fact, and would like any other information that you can provide on how this will effect the average vapor going forward. Note - I am aware of the no smoking bylaws, and that Bill 14 will increase how far away you must be to smoke and/or vape near pubic windows and doorways.

    When I clicked on the above link, I was brought to the Wackedout homepage.

    Thank you.

    Tracy


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    thanks for letting me know there was a error in the link i have updated it so you can take a read

    http://www.wackedoutecig.ca/Backgrou...10,%202016.pdf

    in all honestly the average vaper wont notice a difference. It's the store that will mostly notice it

    they went easy on us to be honest
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    Hi,

    Thank you for your response, however, I just get a page not found error when I click on the link.

    Regards,

    Tracy


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    odd both working for me, try this one

    http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/hea...regulation.pdf
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicklfire View Post
    odd both working for me, try this one

    http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/hea...regulation.pdf
    That one works. Thank you.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicklfire View Post
    thanks for letting me know there was a error in the link i have updated it so you can take a read

    http://www.wackedoutecig.ca/Backgrou...10,%202016.pdf

    in all honestly the average vaper wont notice a difference. It's the store that will mostly notice it

    they went easy on us to be honest
    Yeah, they did. In NS, the first province to come up with legislation and create bans, it is much harder. No online sales, no showing customers how to work a device, etc.
    They've also left the door open to be able to ban flavours.
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