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What You Should Know About Canada’s New Vape Tax

Canada’s New Vape Tax

What You Should Know About Canada’s New Vape Tax

Canada’s New Vape Tax
September 15, 2022 1 Comment

On April 7, 2022, a federal vape tax was proposed by the Canadian government. The tax is part of the Sales and Excise Tax Measures and will come into effect at the beginning of October. This article will discuss what the tax is, and what it means for the vaping community.

The Proposed Tax


An excise tax is a legislated tax imposed on specific goods, such as alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis products. The imposition of excise duties on vaping products was first proposed by the Canadian government in 2021. With the implementation of the new excise task framework, all vaping products containing nicotine will be taxed and require federal excise duty stamps. The official statement reads, “the excise duty applies to vaping substances that are manufactured in Canada or imported and that are intended for use in a vaping device in Canada.”  

As of October 1, 2022, all manufacturers must begin charging and excise tax on their products. The tax is calculated on a per millilitre basis. The increased cost caused by the tax will be approximately $7 per 30mL, $10 per 60mL, and $16 per 120mL. Meaning the cost of e-liquids will increase by 13 to 23 per cent.

Implications of the Tax


The tax is being implemented at the federal level, but it opens the door to potential further taxation at the level of individual provinces and territories. The tax proposal states the goal of implementing an excise tax is to curtail harmful consumption of tobacco products. However, a study published in the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, found the taxation of vaping products results in increased cigarette use. As a result, taxation of vaping products is counterproductive to tobacco harm reduction because vaping does not expose the user to the thousands of harmful chemicals and toxins found in cigarettes.

Along with being the safer option, it is important for vapers to note that even with the new excise tax, vaping is still more cost effective than smoking traditional cigarettes. Additionally, the tax is only applicable to products that contain nicotine and will not be charged on hardware, such as coils.

Consider stocking up on your favourite e-liquids before the implementation of the tax on October 1st. You can shop Wicks and Wires e-liquids.

1 Response

Terry Becher

Jan 11, 2023

Hi so what i am reading is the tax applys to eliquids contain nicotine so if you do not have nicotine in the eliquids you do not pay the tax ??? Is that right

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