As of January 1, 2016 under the new Electronic Cigarettes Act, it is illegal to sell or supply e-cigarettes or any components to anyone under 19. For more information on e-cigarettes, click here.
As of January 1, 2016 under changes to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, the sale of flavoured tobacco products that attract youth including cigarettes and chewing tobacco is banned. Menthol flavouring has been exempted from the flavour ban until 2017.
It's time to play, live, be...tobacco-free
Tobacco use is the No. 1 cause of preventable death and disease in Canada. It kills 13,000 Ontario residents every year. Quitting tobacco is the single best thing you can do to protect your health.
In Simcoe Muskoka, our smoking rates are similar to the provincial rate - 21% of adults smoke cigarettes and 9% of youth in grades 7-12.
Supporting Tobacco-free Living
Quitting Support - Tobacco is highly addictive. It is easy to get hooked on it and hard to quit. If you are thinking about quitting, we can help. We have 3-hour STOP workshops with free nicotine replacement therapy. You can also get phone, text, and self-help materials or challenge yourself to quit for a chance to win money.
Role Models and Youth Smoking - Positive role models help children and teens choose to stay tobacco free. But what influences them to try tobacco? Research shows that seeing smoking scenes in movies has a direct impact on youth smoking. It's time to talk about how to ensure movies rated for children and youth are smoke-free movies.
Secondhand Smoke Hurts - Clearing the air of tobacco smoke protects unborn children and even pets from the cancer-causing chemicals released in secondhand tobacco smoke.
Smoke-free Housing - Do you want to live in a smoke-free building? Landlords, tenants, and condo owners can take steps to make multi-unit buildings smoke free. It's healthy, legal, and in demand. We can help you get started.
Healthy Workplaces and Employees - It is estimated that it costs a business about $4,256 annually per employee due to illnesses and time away from the job. Why not help your workplace a healthy workplace with these Healthy Steps @ Work.
Know the Law - Whether you sell tobacco or e-cigarettes, own a business, run a childcare facility, manage an apartment building, or out in the community, you need to know the Smoke-Free Ontario Act laws as they relate to you. Click on the following links to learn more about the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA), where smoking is and isn't allowed, and the new Electronic Cigarettes Act (ECA).
Municipal Bylaws - Many municipal bylaws go beyond the SFOA to prohibit smoking and the use of tobacco-related products including hookah and waterpipes in more settings such as trails and beaches. Know and follow the local bylaws.