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The use of tobacco products falls under the Smoke Free Ontario Act, 2017.
As a substance, tobacco is a product that comes from the tobacco plant. There are more than 70 species of tobacco plants, most commercial use is from N. tabacum. For cigarettes, cigars, and pipe tobacco, the plant leaves are harvested, dried, fermented, and aged.
There are numerous health effects which can be experienced by tobacco users. Whether products are smoked, vaped, or chewed, the use of tobacco products can result in short and long term health effects.
Short-term effects may include:
There are many reasons youth may start using tobacco products (and other substances). One of the main reasons is peer pressure. It’s important to know that peer pressure can on take different forms.
Recently the prevalence of students using tobacco products has been declining. Unfortunately, the introduction of e-cigarettes has seen a rise in use of these products.
Tobacco is legal for anyone over the age of 19 in Ontario. Those under 19 years of age are not able to buy tobacco products legally. It is illegal to supply or sell tobacco products to anyone under age.
Secondhand smoke is the smoke that is exhaled by the person who is smoking as well as the smoke that comes off the cigarette, cigar, or pipe itself. This smoke contains thousands of chemicals which is dangerous to a person’s health.