New steps towards a smoke-free Ontario

New steps towards a smoke-free Ontario

Ontario has made changes to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act to further protect children and youth from the dangers of smoking. As of January 1, 2015, it will be illegal to:

  • smoke on and around children’s playgrounds and publicly owned sport fields and surfaces (e.g., areas for basketball, baseball, soccer or beach volleyball, ice rinks, tennis courts, splash pads and swimming pools that are owned by a municipality, the province or a postsecondary education institution)
  • smoke on all bar and restaurant patios, whether covered or not (with an exemption for uncovered patios established by the Royal Canadian Legion – Ontario Provincial Command before November 18, 2013)
  • sell tobacco on university and college campuses (this applies to buildings that are owned and areas that are leased by a postsecondary institution or student union)

Learn more at Ontario.ca/smokefree.

For more information on legislation, please click here

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