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Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act (amends the Tobacco Reduction Act)

Smoking is prohibited within 5 m of the doorways, windows or air intakes of any public place or workplace. According to a news report, public establishments that allow the smoking of waterpipes, or hookahs, will be given 12 to 18 months to transition before the legislation comes into effect. The law is to be reviewed every 5 years, especially with respect to the definition of smoking.

On November 13, 2014, the Alberta government proclaimed one aspect of Bill 33, which is related to secondhand smoke: banning smoking in vehicles with minors present.

As of October 2016, the portion of the bill that would prohibit smoking of “tobacco-like products” in workplaces and public places where smoking is banned has not yet been proclaimed and no date has been given for proclamation.

Products Included

Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes

Definitions

Proposed definitions:

“Smoke a tobacco product” means to smoke, hold or otherwise have control over a lit or heated tobacco product

“Smoke a tobacco-like product” means to smoke, hold or otherwise have control over a lit or heated tobacco-like product

“Tobacco-like product” means, subject to the regulations, a product, other than a tobacco product, composed in whole or in part of (i) plants or plant products, or any extract of them, or (ii) other substances prescribed by regulation

Places Smoking Prohibited

Doorways, air intakes, operable windows
Private Vehicles with Children Present

Buffer Zones

Doorways, Air Intakes and Operable Windows - Buffer Zone 1-10 m

Policy Analysis

The requirement to review the law and its definition of smoking (section 12) within 5 years is an excellent practice, since recreational nicotine-containing products are changing rapidly.

This law will become leading edge upon proclamation because the broad definition of smoking includes waterpipes and other weeds and substances. There is also a provision in Bill 33 that, once proclaimed, will prohibit the smoking of “tobacco-like products” in workplaces and public places where smoking is banned.

Age Restrictions

Private Vehicles with Children Present - 18

Date Passed: November 27, 2013

Date in Force: November 13, 2014

Date Last Amended:

Leading Edge: Yes

Level of Government: Provincial/Territorial

Smoke-free Ontario Act Status: Exceeds Smoke-free Ontario Act

Bylaw Under Development? Yes

Supporting Information

Please find contact information related to this bylaw, and links to supporting materials.

Contact 780-427-2217 to check on proclamation dates

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