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What the law states about tobacco and electronic cigarettes

Smoking is the number one cause of death and disease in Ontario, Killing 13,000 people every year or 36 people per day.
The Smoke-Free Ontario Act (May 31, 2006) prohibits smoking in all enclosed workplaces and enclosed public places.


Electronic Cigarettes

The Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy has greatly reduced tobacco use and lowered health risks to non-smokers in Ontario through programs, policies, laws and public education to:

  • help smokers quit
  • protect people from exposure to second-hand smoke
  • encourage young people to never start smoking

Smoke Free Ontario
"Heather's Story"

Heather Crowe
April 23, 1945 - May 22, 2006

The devastating effects
of second-hand smoke

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New Electronic Cigarettes Act January 1, 2016 bans the sale and supply of e-cigarettes province-wide to anyone under the age of 19 years of age. This includes all types of e-cigarettes and vapes.

New Hospitals (public, private and psychiatric facility) January 1, 2016, bans smoking or holding lighted tobacco on the outdoor grounds of a hospital - except where a designated smoking area is available. You must also not smoke - and within a 9m radius of any entrance or exit of a hospital.

All designated smoking areas will be temporary. Starting January 1, 2018, all outdoor grounds of hospitals must be completely smoke-free.




Smoke-Free Ontario Resources

How the Act Affects: