What happens when you order a e-cigarette with nicotine in Canada

2017 Update – Canadian customs (CBSA) seems to be allowing Nicotine eliquid through without any problems.

Since 2009, Health Canada‘s stance on electronic cigarettes hasn’t changed and is outdated to say the least. In fact Canada’s current laws concerning e-cigarettes are plain absurd: Health Canada allows the importation of electronic cigarettes with 0mg nicotine, but doesn’t allow the nicotine ones, citing that “no electronic smoking products have been granted a market authorization in Canada.” Is it the extracted nicotine from tobacco leaf that’s worrying the Canadian Government? Or is it the thought of losing more than $20 Billion in tobacco taxes, that Canada has collected from 2001 to 2008. If nicotine is worrying Canada’s overprotective ministry of health then maybe tobacco cigarettes should be banned too. Otherwise what is the point of allowing electronic cigarettes but not the nicotine? The e-cigarette is what all the tobacco companies have been afraid of for so long. In fact, in the U.S. some tobacco companies are going as far as starting to make their own e-cigarettes, so that when the time comes to switch, they can still profit.

Most of the danger that comes from smoking cigarettes, is in the inhaled smoke, not the nicotine. Nicotine, while it is addictive, is relatively safe in small doses. The smokeless electronic cigarette is a solution that minimizes health risks to smokers while satisfying a long-time addiction. Many ex-smokers affirm that they were able to give up smoking tobacco for good, solely with the help of the electronic version of cigarettes.

In the mean time, some electronic cigarettes with nicotine still slip through Canadian customs and get successfully delivered, while others do not. Veronique from Montreal writes to us saying that the V2 Cigs starter kit that she ordered from the company in the United States, was held up at customs. She received a “Report of Examination for Customs Entry” letter informing her that her package was “Recommended for Refusal” by Health Canada and the CBSA. Veronique had ordered a kit which contained light nicotine cartridges containing only 6mg of nicotine per 1000mg. She was told that her only option was to call the Montreal CBSA (tel. 450-928-6229) and ask them to send her parcel back to the shipper so that she could get a refund.

Veronique is not the only one who has run into this situation, but she says that some of her friends did indeed receive their shipments ordered online, even when they were labelled as containing nicotine. That means that either a CBSA employee hadn’t noticed or simply didn’t know, in both cases the customers were just lucky. Electronic cigarettes without nicotine (0 mg) are allowed in Canada.

Here is a copy of the letter that is sent out when a shipment is refused at customs, that Veronique had received (you can see a scan of the letter below):

Health Canada – CBSA
REPORT OF EXAMINATION FOR CUSTOMS ENTRY at
Ville St-Laurent
This is to advise that the shipment described herein and sought to be imported into Canada has been examined in accordance with the provisions of the legislation detailed below.
CUSTOMS IDENTIFICATION NO. EC XXX XXX XXX US
IMPORTER XXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Montreal, QC
H3L 2J1
EXPORTER V2CIGS.COM
1521 Alton Rd # 275
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
Miami Beach, Florida
United States of America / Etats-Unis d’Amerique
33139-3301
PRODUCT INFORMATION
This shipment has been examined with the following results:
PRODUCT NAME SIZE OF SHIPMENT
1 Kit (Cont. 3 x 5 V2Red 0 (Omg) + 2 x 5 Cart. Menthol 0 (Omg) + 10 Cart. Flavor Samplers (2 Cart LIGHT Nicotine)) – Medicament de l’Annexe F. Ordonnance medicale et achat au
Canada requis. / Schedule F Drug. Medical prescription and purchase in Canada required. V2Cigs Electronic Cigarette Ultimate Starter Kit + Flavor Samplers (2 Cart. LIGHT Nicotine)
Action Taken:
Recommended for Refusal
REASON
Food and Drug Regulations — C.01.045 (1)
Subject to subsection (2), no person other than: a practitioner, a drug manufacturer, a wholesale druggist, a registered pharmacist, or a resident of a foreign country while a visitor in Canada, shall import a Schedule F Drug. v2 Fine Electronic Cigarettes (LIGHT Nicotine)
1 x Menthol + 1 x Regular – Medicament de I’Annexe F. Ordonnance medicale et achat au Canada requis. / Schedule F Drug. Medical prescription and purchase in Canada required.
Action Taken:
Recommended for Refusal
REASON
Food and Drug Regulations — C.01.045 (1)
Subject to subsection (2), no person other than: a practitioner, a drug manufacturer, a wholesale druggist, a registered pharmacist, or a resident of a foreign country while a visitor in Canada, shall import a Schedule F Drug. 1 x Red + 1 x Menthol – Medicament de I’Annexe F. Ordonnance medicale et achat au Canada requis. / Schedule F Drug. Medical prescription and purchase in Canada required.
PORT OF ENTRY:
Montreal Leo-Blanchette Casual Refund Centre and International Mail Processing Centre – 395
The entry of this shipment into Canada therefore has been: made in accordance with the stated Action Taken found under the Product
Information section.
INSPECTOR UNDER:
Food and Drugs Act
DATE ADDRESS
SIGNATURE
QUEBEC OPERATIONAL CENTRE (450) 646-1353
Health Products and Food Branch Inspectorate, 1001 St-Laurent Street West
Longueuil, Quebec, J4K 1C7

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About the Author

Senior Editor

After many previous failed attempts at quitting smoking I stumbled upon electronic cigarettes and decided to give them a try. It has been five years now that I smoked my last tobacco cigarette and I am 100% nicotine-free!

3 Comments

  1. E- Cigarette oil doesn’t come under the control of Food and Drug Administration due to the fact the nicotine is not from tobacco, it is from potatoes. Custom’s Canada doesn’t have any right to refuse its entry into Canada. Health Canada and Canidian Customs just want to get the taxes collected in Canada. Does Health Canada really care about the Health of Canadians or just money?

  2. Health Canada is not concerned about the health of Canadians, it’s about the money. When it’s a government entity, it is always about the money.

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