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Bylaw Number 27m2015, Being a Bylaw of The City Of Calgary to Amend Bylaw 57m92, The Smoking Bylaw

E-cigarettes are prohibited in all public places, workplaces and public vehicles and within 5 m of an outdoor pool; outdoor skating rink; playground; skate park; sports field or an entrance or exit to a public building. Electronic cigarettes are also prohibited in Olympic Plaza.

One exception to the bylaw is that the sampling of e-cigarettes will be permitted in stand alone, enclosed retail vape shops. This exception does not include smoking e-cigarettes at kiosks located in malls or any other establishments, i.e. restaurants or bars.

The City has monitored the use of e-cigarettes in vape shops and has concluded that minors visiting or sampling e-cigarette products are not a concern. In addition, after discussions with adjacent businesses it was determined that the sampling of e-cigarette products within a store is not an issue.

Products Included

Electronic Smoking Devices


“Electronic smoking device” means an electronic device that can be used to deliver nicotine or other substances to the person inhaling from the device, including but not limited to an electronic cigarette, cigar, cigarillo or pipe;

“public vehicle” means a bus, taxi or other vehicle that is used to transport members of the public for a fee.

Places Smoking Prohibited

E-cigarettes (indoors)
E-cigarettes (outdoors)
Playgrounds, which may include Splash Pads and Wading Pools
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities

Buffer Zones

Playgrounds - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities - Buffer Zone 1-10 m

Policy Analysis

This bylaw is leading edge because it prohibits the use of e-cigarettes wherever regular smoking is prohibited, with the exception of vapour shops so that customers can try the products. It also prohibits e-cigarettes within a 5 m buffer zone of a number of public places.

Date Passed: June 29, 2015

Date in Force: June 29, 2015

Date Last Amended:

Leading Edge: Yes

Level of Government: Municipal

Smoke-free Ontario Act Status: Exceeds Smoke-free Ontario Act

Bylaw Under Development? No

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