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Facts about the Smoke-Free Ontario Act

Smoking kills 13,000 people every year, making it the leading cause of death and disease in Ontario. To reduce tobacco use and lower health risks for non-smokers, the Ontario government has developed the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy to promote smokers to quit, protect non-smokers from exposure, and prevent people from starting to smoke.

Since 2006, the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and the Ontario Regulation (associated with the act) has prohibited smoking in workplaces, playgrounds, enclosed public spaces, and in motor vehicles when children under 16 are present. It also banned the public display of tobacco products prior to sale and excluded youth-targeted tobacco products, such as flavoured cigarillos.

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act can affect multiple types of facilities. For a full list of facilities and how they may be affected, visit Smoke-Free Ontario: How the Act Affects You.

Smoke Free Ontario: Vendor Training is available for store owners and store employees. The training provides the basic information for owners and employees about the law, regulations and up-to-date news. The training is located on the Smoke Free Ontario: Vendor Training site.

Please contact the Porcupine Health Unit at 705-267-1181 or 1-800-461-1818 or by email at inspections@porcupinehu.on.ca should you have any questions.