Tobacco and Vaping Product Retailers

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act regulates the sale, supply, display, promotion and use of tobacco and vapour products and the smoking and vaping of cannabis.

Store owner requirements

Tobacco and vapour products cannot be displayed in a store and cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 19. Also, tobacco products and accessories cannot be promoted through the display of tobacco branding.

As a store owner, you must:

  • Ensure your store complies with the law
  • Be diligent in training all staff on their legal responsibilities
  • Ensure applicable signs are posted in accordance with the legislation


At Huron Perth Public Health, we conduct inspections to ensure all regulations outlined in the Smoke-Free Ontario Act are followed. If your store is convicted of 2 or more offences in a 5-year period, the store may be prohibited from selling tobacco and vapour products for up to 1 year.

Retail guidelines

Review the Government of Ontario rules for selling tobacco and vapour products. This includes age restrictions, signage requirements and other laws.