The Regional Municipality Of York

    >>>

Health Sub Navigation

Actions
Loading...

Smoking Laws

Every year in Ontario, approximately 13,000 people die from tobacco related illnesses.

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA) came into effect in 2006 making it illegal to:

  • Smoke on bar and restaurant patios
  • Smoke on or within 20 metres of the perimeter of public playgrounds or publicly-owned sports field surfaces that host activities such as soccer, baseball, basketball, cricket, skating, swimming, skateboarding and beach volleyball
  • Smoke in any enclosed workplace or enclosed public place
  • Smoke in a motor vehicle with anyone under 16
  • Sell tobacco products of any kind on college, university or private school campuses
  • Sell flavoured tobacco products, with some exceptions

The SFOA is part of the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy to:

  • Help smokers quit
  • Protect non-smokers from second hand smoke 
  • Encourage young people not to start

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA) restricts where you smoke and makes it illegal to sell or supply tobacco to anyone under 19.

York Region Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Control Officers are responsible for local education and enforcement of the SFOA at:

  • Enclosed workplaces and public places
  • Restaurant and bar patios
  • Schools and school property
  • Tobacco vendors such as variety stores and gas stations
  • Private licensed home daycares
  • Hospitals, long-term care facilities and nursing homes
  • Outdoor public playgrounds and publicly-owned sports surfaces

Report smoking in areas restricted by the SFOA, vendors selling tobacco to youth under 19 and other tobacco-related violations by:

Officers respond to all complaints. All reports and/or violations are kept confidential and may be made anonymously.

Hookah and Shisha

Hookah and Shisha pipes allow users to smoke a mixture of tobacco and molasses, often mixed with other flavours. The smoke from the burned substance passes through water and is inhaled through a hose attached to the device.

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act bans the use of all lighted tobacco, including tobacco in Hookah/Shisha pipes.

Restricting Access to Tobacco

Tobacco and Electronic Cigarette Control Officers regularly inspect vendors, such as gas stations and variety stores, to enforce the SFOA throughout all nine York Region cities and towns.

Tobacco vendors must:

  • Ensure tobacco products are not visible
  • Not promote the sale of tobacco
  • Check ID for anyone who appears under 25
  • Post required vendor signs
  • Ensure a smoke-free environment

York Region Public Health provides educational materials for tobacco vendors and can help with staff training. If you are a new vendor, contact York Region Public Health to access these free resources.

Visit the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for more information about how the SFOA affects you.




Related Resources

 


Smoke Free Ontario Act,SFOA,SFO,smoking,report smoking,smoking in workplaces,smoking at home,Smoke Free Ontario,law,report smoking violations The Regional Municipality of York en-US Report Smoking Violations Smoking Laws Report smoking in areas restricted by the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA) and other tobacco-related violations.

News and Social Media

Actions
Loading...

Campaigns and Projects

Actions
Loading...

Contact Us

  • Report Smoking Violations



  • Accessibility

    Accessible formats or communication supports are available upon request

Smoke Free Ontario Act,SFOA,SFO,smoking,report smoking,smoking in workplaces,smoking at home,Smoke Free Ontario,law,report smoking violations
url of logo image en-US The Regional Municipality of York Contact Us

Events Calendar


  • More events