Smoking in Victoria, BC

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Smoking in Victoria, BC

Smoking regulations in Victoria

Purchasing Tobacco:  You must be 19 years or older to legally purchase tobacco products in B.C.

Tobacco may be purchased at most corner stores/grocery stores.

E (or electronic) cigarettes and accessories may be purchased from (but not limited to) these retailers:


Smoking in public:

Smoking is banned in BC from any enclosed public space, including restaurants, pubs, theatres, hospitals, common areas of hotels/condos/apartments etc.  In addition, you may not smoke in playgrounds, community or municipal parks and playing fields.  You are also not permitted to smoke within 3 metres (almost 10 feet) of any doorway leading into any public places.  This includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes & e-cigarettes.

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Most frequently asked question:  Can I bring Cuban cigars into the U.S. that I purchased in Canada?

Answer (copied from the website of the U.S. embassy in Ottawa)

Tobacco Products

Each returning U.S. resident is allowed to bring into the country not more than 200 previously exported cigarettes and 100 cigars. Previously exported tobacco products in excess of these amounts will be seized and destroyed.

However, if the resident declares 400 cigarettes, of which 200 are previously exported and 200 not previously exported; the resident would be permitted to import the 200 previously exported cigarettes tax free, under the exemption, and the resident would be charged duty and tax on the remaining 200 cigarettes not previously exported.

Tobacco products of Cuban origin, however, are prohibited unless you actually acquired them in Cuba and are returning indirectly from that country on licensed travel. You may not bring into the U.S. Cuban cigars purchased in Canada.

Cuban Cigars can be purchased from the Cuban Cigar Shop – 938 Fort St.

Other Cigar Shops

Old Morris Tobacconist -1116 Government St.

Goodfellas Cigars – Corner of Store & Pandora St.




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I've lived in Victoria over 30 years. I've travelled the world but I still believe that no other city beats Victoria for it's sheer beauty and variety of activities available year round. I sincerely want to help others explore and enjoy this great city - and hopefully make you want to come back again and again!

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