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Smoking and Vaping

Enforcement and Complaints about Smoking and Vaping including Cannabis

In our communities, the health unit's tobacco enforcement officers (TEOs), who are designated as provincial offences officers by the Ministry of Health, are responsible for making sure residents, businesses, and community partners are in compliance with all indoor and outdoor areas and premises designated 100% smoke and vape-free under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017. Indoor and outdoor smoke-free and vape-free areas and premises are also described here. Smoking and vaping of cannabis is prohibited in the same areas and premises where smoking and vaping is prohibited.

TEOs help to ensure public places and workplaces are in compliance by:

  • providing businesses, institutions, public places, multi-unit housing buildings, and condominiums with the No Smoking and No Vaping signage required by law to be posted in workplaces and public places;
  • responding to complaints of people smoking or vaping in No Smoking and No Vaping areas including smoking and vaping of cannabis;
  • educating tobacco and e-cigarette retailers about the laws that govern the sale and promotion of these products and accessories (see Retail sales under the SFOA, 2017); and
  • ensuring compliance with the laws banning the supply or sale of all tobacco and e-cigarette products to anyone under the age of 19.

If you would like to register a complaint about someone vaping or smoking tobacco or cannabis or vaping in a prohibited location, please contact Health Connection and a TEO will be assigned to investigate.

Smoke-free and vape-free areas - for employers and proprietors

Employers and proprietors must place a No Smoking and No Vaping sign at each entrance and exit of enclosed workplaces, enclosed public places, and other areas where the vaping and smoking, including cannabis, is prohibited in regulated locations (including washrooms), and in sufficient numbers to ensure that employees and the public are aware that no smoking and no vaping is permitted in the place or area.

To access No Smoking and No Vaping signs for businesses, click here.

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