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Tobacco, E-cigs and the Law

Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA)

Smoke Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA) will replace the previous Smoke Free Ontario Act as well as the Electronic Cigarettes Act, 2015. The new SFOA regulates the sale, supply, use, display and promotion of tobacco products while also regulating the smoking and vaping of cannabis. The SFOA protects everyone from second-hand smoke by regulating smoking in public places. The Health Unit enforces the SFOA.

See below for a list of places where smoking cannabis or tobacco or vaping any substance is prohibited:

  • Enclosed (indoor) public places and work places: includes shopping malls, office buildings, factories
  • Patios: on and within 9 metres of a restaurant or bar patio.
  • Schools: on and within 20 metres of the school property.
  • Recreational Facilities: includes the entire property and within a 20 metres of the property. Recreational facilities includes any enclosed public place or workplace that is primarily used for sports, children’s play programs and fitness programs for children and youth that is a charity or run by the local or provincial government. Examples include arenas, indoor pools and early year’s centres.
  • Playgrounds and sport fields: on and within 20 metres of any playground or municipal sports field
  • Hospitals: includes inside of premise as well as entire property.
  • Long Term Care Homes: includes inside of premise as well as within 9 metres of any entrance or exit
  • Motor Vehicles: no smoking tobacco or vaping in a motor vehicle while another person who is less than 16 is present. The use of cannabis is prohibited in vehicles except under certain conditions.

The SFOA also regulates sale and supply of tobacco products and vapour products. It is prohibited to sell or supply tobacco, vaping device or e-juice to any person under the age of 19.

For more information on the SFOA please visit the Ministry website.

For more information or to file a complaint please call a Tobacco Enforcement Officer at 519-426-6170 or 905-318-6623 Ext. 3407.

No smoking signs

No smoking and no vaping signs are required at all work places and public places. Tobacco, e-cigarette and e-juice vendors also require signs regarding the sale of tobacco, e-cigarettes and e-juice. No smoking and vendor signs are available from the Health Unit for free.

To get signage please contact a Tobacco Enforcement Officer at 519-426-6170 Ext. 3407

Norfolk County Smoke-Free Outdoor Spaces By-Law

The by-law prohibits smoking or vaping around municipal buildings and on recreational properties.

Smoking includes the carrying of a lighted cigar or cigarette, pipe, and is not limited to tobacco but also includes shisha, cannabis, vaping or any other lighted material.

As of May 1st, 2018 the Norfolk County smoke-free outdoor spaces and recreational properties by-law will be in effect. Smoking and vaping is not allowed:

  1. Anywhere on recreational properties owned or operated by Norfolk County, which includes, but not limited to: Arenas, beaches, recreational centres, playgrounds, parks, sports and playing fields, skate board parks, leash-free dog parks, pools, trails or paths, and stadiums.
  2. Within 9 metres of any entrance or exit of a municipally owned, operated, or leased building, which includes, but not limited to: County offices, libraries, and museums.

For more information about the by-law, follow this link. To file a complaint or to speak to a tobacco enforcement officer, call 519-426-6170 Ext. 3407.

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