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The Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act - Information for Schools

General

The Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act prohibits vaping in schools, including school grounds. Vaping refers to inhaling or exhaling vapour from a vapour product or holding an activated vapour product. This prohibition extends to all school property at all times regardless if school is in session. The sale of tobacco and vapour products in schools is also prohibited.

Responsibilities of School Administration

The Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act requires that owners, operators and employers of public and private schools make sure that tobacco and vaping laws on school property are followed.

Every operator of a school must:

  • Give notice to staff, students and visitors that vaping is prohibited in schools, including grounds.
  • Post signs at entrances, exits and washrooms, in appropriate locations and in sufficient numbers, to ensure that staff, students and visitors are aware that vaping is not allowed.
  • If a person is contravening tobacco or vaping laws:
    • request the person to immediately stop smoking or vaping; and
    • inform the person that he or she was committing an offence.

Enforcement

Tobacco enforcement officers with the Saskatchewan Health Authority can be consulted for complaints about smoking and vaping on school property. However, school officials are encouraged to handle these matters as much as possible.

Penalties

Violation Fine Amount
Vaping in schools or on school grounds $150
Operator of a school that fails to post signs and fulfill other responsibilities under the Act $500
Individual selling vapour products in school $500

Note:

This information is intended as a swift reference only and should not be considered to be legal advice. For specific information on smoking and vaping laws in schools, contact your local Saskatchewan Health Authority public health office.

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