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Oakville Council passes new licence for vaping retailers

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Oakville Council passes new licence for vaping retailers

Oakville Town Council amended an existing by-law to require businesses selling vaping products get a licence before March 1. PHOTO BY RUSLAN ALEKSO

Oakville stores selling vaping products will need a licence beginning March 1.

A by-law that requires a number of businesses to have a licence to operate in Oakville, will now include electronic cigarette and vapour retailers.

Town Council approved the new category for local retailers which will allow them to ensure Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA) requirements are tracked and complied with.

Failure to do so would result in the tobacco/e-cigarette licence being revoked.

“A new licensing category for e-cigarette and vapour product retailers will assist the Town and Halton Region Public Health to more effectively coordinate enforcement and track non-compliance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act,” Mayor Rob Burton said.

“Retailers not complying with the act will have their licence suspended on a second violation and revoked on a third. This will help provide adequate Town oversight of this business class.”

Under the amended by-law, the same fees for stores selling tobacco goods will be applied for retailers selling vaping products.

Businesses selling the product would have to pay a $191 licence fee and then a $191 annual renewal fee.

Oakville will be joining other cities like Toronto, Hamilton and London which already have by-laws requiring licenses for businesses selling vaping products.

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