The Smoke-free Places Act assures a gold standard level of protection in workplaces and public places, indoors and out. Smoking is prohibited on and within 5 m of patios, within 5 m of doorways, windows and air intakes of workplaces and public places, on school grounds including post-secondary institutions (a national precedent), on a ferry, and in a bus shelter or taxi shelter. Smoking is also prohibited in private motor vehicles with children under the age of 18 present.
Products IncludedCigarettes, Cigars, Pipes
“Smoke” means to smoke, hold, or otherwise have control over an ignited tobacco product.
Places Smoking ProhibitedDoorways, air intakes, operable windows
Patios - Restaurants and Bars
Post-secondary Education Campuses
Private Vehicles with Children Present
Buffer ZonesDoorways, Air Intakes and Operable Windows - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Parks - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
This is leading edge because smoking is prohibited on the grounds of post-secondary institutions, which is a national precedent. Furthermore, smoking is also prohibited within 5 m from doorways, windows and air intakes of workplaces and public places. However, 5 m is not a great enough distance to prevent smoke from entering a building, creating a nuisance or health hazard for people entering and exiting. At least 7 m is recommended based on outdoor SHS scientific research.
Age RestrictionsPrivate Vehicles with Children Present - 18
Date Passed: April 22, 2008
Date in Force: May 15, 2008
Date Last Amended:
Leading Edge: Yes
Level of Government: Provincial/Territorial
Smoke-free Ontario Act Status: Exceeds Smoke-free Ontario Act
Bylaw Under Development? No
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