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The Smoke-Free Ontario Act came into effect May 31, 2006.

The Act is summarized by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (2013), as below:

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act:

  • Bans smoking in enclosed public places and all enclosed workplaces as of May 31, 2006, including restaurants, bars, schools, private clubs, sports arenas, work vehicles, offices and entertainment venues including casinos, bingo halls, bowling and billiard establishments.
  • Bans smoking in vehicles with children under the age of 16.
  • Eliminates designated smoking rooms (DSRs) in restaurants and bars, permitting residential care facilities to operate controlled smoking areas which are specially designed to ensure no one outside the room is exposed to second-hand smoke. The law stipulates who may enter the area and under what conditions, as well as requirements for engineering design, function, and maintenance of these areas.
  • Protects home health care workers from second-hand smoke when offering services in private residences.
  • Prohibits smoking on patios that have food and beverage service if they are either partially or completely covered by a roof.
  • Toughens the rules prohibiting tobacco sales to minors.
  • Prevents the promotion of tobacco products in entertainment venues.
  • Restricts the retail promotion of tobacco products and imposes a complete ban on the display of tobacco products.
  • Prohibits youth-targeted tobacco products such as flavoured cigarillos and blunt wraps.

For a detailed review of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act visit the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s website.


Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. (2013). The act in brief. Retrieved from http ://www .mhp .gov.on .ca/en/smoke-free/legislation/in-brief.asp.

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