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Laws on Tobacco Use


Smoke-Free Ontario Act - Passed in 2006, the SFOA bans smoking in any enclosed public place or workplace, including work vehicles. In 2015, the smoking ban was expanded to include a number of outdoor settings including bar and restaurant patios, on children's playgrounds or public play areas, and within 20 metres of a publicly owned children's playground, play areas, sports fields, and spectator areas. 

Under the Act, smoking is prohibited in vehicles carrying kids under the age of 16.

It is also now against the law to sell tobacco on any college or university campus.

Schools, businesses, daycares, employers, tobacco vendors, landlords, and more, all have obligations under the law. Fact sheets for all can be found here.


Local Bylaws Ban Smoking Outdoors - Many local municipalities have passed bylaws banning smoking and tobacco for use in outdoor settings where kids and families gather including parks, beaches, playing fields, recreation centres, and on municipal property. Find a list of these municipalities and their bylaws by clicking here.

Private Property

Workplaces - If your workplace or business wants to show leadership around tobacco-free living, it makes sense to develop policies that make your entranceways and even grounds smoke free and to include tobacco-free purchasing policies.

Smoke-Free Housing - Landlords and condominium owners can designate their units as smoke free to protect the health of residents from drifting secondhand smoke, reduce cleaning and maintenance costs, and protect their investments. It's good for health and good for the bottom line.

For more information about laws, bylaws, and private ownership options that promote tobacco-free living or to register a complaint, call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 and a Tobacco Enforcement Officer and/or Public Health Nurse will contact you.

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