Tobacco and Vapour Prevention and Control

The Tobacco Prevention and Control program plays a primary role in provincial tobacco reduction and enforcement, and administering the CRD Clean Air Bylaw.

Provincial tobacco reduction

supporting healthy, smoke-free living

Our goal is to support improved health for residents in the Island Health region by reducing the use of tobacco products.  We focus on educating the public about the long-term risks of smoking through our prevention services:

Provincial tobacco enforcement 

In British Columbia, the sale and use of tobacco is governed by the Tobacco Control Act and regulation.  This legislation restricts the sale (including sales of tobacco to minors), distribution, advertising and promotion of tobacco and locations where tobacco may be used.  We work with retailers and minors to enforce these laws:

On September 1, 2016 the Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act and Regulation will come into effect, replacing the Tobacco Control Act and Regulation.  The new Act and Regulation will restrict the display, sale and use of vapour products and will be consistent with the existing laws related to tobacco.  Additionally, the provincial buffer zone around all doorways, open windows and air intakes will increase to 6 metres. For more details on the new laws, please read the Requirements under the tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act and Regulation information document.

Capital Regional District (CRD)

We administer the Clean Air Bylaw on behalf of the CRD to maintain compliance.