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Tobacco, E-cigs and the Law

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.
  1. 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.

Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017

The government is reviewing previously planned changes to the rules around vaping to make sure any changes reflect the best available evidence.  The new Smoke Free Ontario Act, 2017 was paused before it came into force on July 1, 2018.  The Smoke Free Ontario Act, 2006 that sets out rules on the sale, supply, use, display and promotion of tobacco products and the Electronic Cigarettes Act remain in force.

Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2006

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA) regulates the sale, supply, use, display and promotion of tobacco products.  The SFOA protects everyone form second-hand smoke by regulating smoking in public places.  The Health Unit enforces the SFOA.

See below for a list of places where smoking is prohibited:

  • Enclosed (indoor) public places and workplaces: includes shopping malls, office buildings, and factories.
  • Restaurants and bars: inside as well as on their patio.
  • School property.
  • Hospital property.
  • Within 20 metres of a playground or sports field
  • Long Term Care Homes: inside of premise as well as within 9 metres of any entrance or exit.
  • Motor Vehicles: no smoking in a motor vehicle while another person who is less than 16 is present.

The SFOA also regulates the display, packaging and promotion of tobacco products and bans the sale of tobacco products to anyone 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.

Electronic Cigarettes Act

The Electronic Cigarettes Act (ECA) bans the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under the age of 19.

No Smoking Signs

New signage indicating vaping is prohibited is not required at this time.

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

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