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Smoke-Free Ontario Act

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act came into effect on May 31, 2006. In 2015 it was expanded to make bar and restaurant patios, public playgrounds, and sports fields smoke free. It also banned the sale of flavoured tobacco and tobacco sales on university and college campuses. In 2016 the Electronic Cigarettes Act was also introduced to restrict sales and supply of electronic cigarettes (vapes) to minors.

Click here for more information on places where smoking is prohibited including:
  • Restaurants, bars, and outdoor patios
  • Childcare facilities
  • Cars carrying children
  • Common areas of apartments and other multi-unit housing
  • Residential care facilities
  • Parks and sports fields
  • Enclosed workplaces and rules for smoking shelters
Click on the links below for additional information about the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and:

In the community, the health unit's Tobacco Enforcement Officers are responsible for enforcing compliance of all indoor and outdoor places designated 100% smoke free under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. They are also responsible for the inspection and enforcement of tobacco retailer compliance with the laws governing the sale of tobacco products.

To register a complaint about a business or workplace not in compliance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, call or email Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 and a Tobacco Enforcement Officer will follow up.

Businesses can choose to extend No Smoking restrictions on their property to protect their employees and customers from drifting secondhand smoke and vaping of any products.

Landlords and Condo Boards can also add No Smoking clauses to leases to make buildings no smoking and we have plenty of information to help you get started.

Why Focus on Tobacco?

Tobacco is the number one cause of preventable deaths in Ontario, killing more than 13,000 Ontarians every year, including 700 Simcoe Muskoka residents.

Tobacco related diseases cost the Ontario economy at least $1.6 billion for health care annually.

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