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Alcohol and Tobacco Products

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Production, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products are regulated by law in Prince Edward Island. These products can only be bought at specialized licensed establishments.

Alcoholic Beverages

On the Island beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages can be bought in special stores called liquor stores. Some ales, wines, and spirits are made on the Island, and can be purchased directly from the producers.

Important
  • By law, in PEI only persons 19 years of age or older may buy and consume alcoholic beverages or tobacco products.
  • If you are hosting a party in your home, you are responsible to take all precautions to protect your guests from harm, including someone who has had too much to drink. For example, you do not want one of your guests to start a fight, fall down the stairs, or drive their car after drinking alcohol.

There are also specialty stores selling or renting equipment and materials to make your own wine or beer, on the premises or at home. You can find these stores in the Yellow Pages. [See Related Resources]

Some PEI Liquor Stores offer a Bottle Your Own (BYO) wine facility. They provide BYO customers with an equipped facility for bottling a selection of quality wines.

Alcoholic beverages can also be bought in restaurants and bars, but they must be consumed there. Only restaurants or bars which have a licence issued by the PEI Liquor Control Commission are allowed to serve alcohol.

Tobacco Products

Tobacco products such as cigarettes, pipe tobacco, cigars, chewing tobacco, etc. are sold at convenience stores and smoke shops in PEI.

PEI retailers who sell tobacco products must also have a licence. They cannot sell cigarettes to people under 19 years of age. PEI tobacco retailers caught repeatedly selling cigarettes to minors can face warnings, fines, and/or suspension of their licence.

In PEI smoking is banned in work places and public areas. This means you cannot smoke in hospitals, schools, restaurants, bars, theatres, stores, etc. It is also prohibited to smoke in a vehicle with persons under the age of 19 present.