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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 by-law enforcement officer, call:

Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA)

The Smoke Free Ontario Act (SFOA) protects everyone from second-hand smoke by regulating smoking in public places. The SFOA prohibits the sale of tobacco products to persons less than 19 years of age. The Health Unit enforces the SFOA. See below for a list of places where smoking is prohibited:

  • Enclosed public places and work places: includes shopping malls, office buildings, factories
  • Bars and Restaurants: includes inside of premise as well as on any patio
  • Schools and daycares: includes inside of premise as well as entire property whether during operating hours or not
  • Hospitals: includes inside of premise as well as entire property (except designated smoking areas until January 1, 2018)
  • Long Term Care Homes: includes inside of premise as well as within 9 meters of any entrance or exit
  • In cars with children: smoking is prohibited in any vehicle while anyone under the age of 16 is present
  • Playgrounds and sport fields: smoking is prohibited within 20 meters of any playground or municipal sports field

The SFOA also regulates the displaying, packaging and promotion of tobacco products and bans the sale of tobacco products to youth under 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 Ext. 3202 or Ext. 3454.

No smoking Signs

No smoking signs are required at all work places and public places where smoking is prohibited. Tobacco vendors also require signs regarding the sale of tobacco. No smoking and tobacco vendor signs are available from the Health Unit for free. To get your signs please call 519-426-6170 Ext. 3202.

The Electronic Cigarette Act

As of January 1, 2016, it is illegal to:

  • Sell or supply e-cigarettes or their parts to anyone under 19

Vendors are:

  • Required to post an Electronic Cigarette Age Restriction Sign and an Electronic Cigarette Identification Sign in their stores. Both signs must be in a place that is clearly visibly to both the person buying and the person selling e-cigarettes.
  • Expected to check the identification of anyone attempting to purchase an e-cigarette who appears to be younger than 25.

To get signage please contact a Tobacco Enforcement Officer at 519-426-6170 Ext. 3202

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