Smoke-Free Ontario Act Amendments

Changes to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, effective January 1, 2016 include:

  • Prohibition on the sale of flavoured tobacco products, with some exemptions for wine, port, whisky and rum flavoured cigars between 1.4 and 6 grams, all flavoured cigars over 6 grams and flavoured pipe tobacco.
  • A temporary exemption for menthol and clove flavoured tobacco products is in place until January 1, 2017;
  • Doubling the maximum fines for those who sell tobacco to youth;
  • Strengthening the enforcement authority to address indoor use of tobacco in water pipe bars and restaurants;
  • Expansion of the seizure authority of inspectors; and
  • Prohibition of smoking on outdoor grounds of hospitals, psychiatric facilities and the outdoor grounds of specified office buildings owned by the Province, except in designated smoking areas
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