The Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA), 2017, effective October 17, 2018 repeals the existing Smoke-Free Ontario Act and the Electronic Cigarettes Act, 2015, replacing them with one legislative framework.
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Smoking and Tobacco Use in Windsor-Essex County
- Tobacco is used in products like cigarettes, chew, snuff or snus, cigars, cigarellos, and hookah or waterpipe.
- Smoking is the leading cause of death and disability in Canada.
- Smokeless tobacco products are shown to increase the risk of oral cavity, esophageal, and pancreatic cancer1.
- 16.9% of the Windsor-Essex County population are current daily smokers (including occasional smokers)2; therefore there are about 58,000 smokers in Windsor-Essex County.
Smoke-free Ontario Strategy
- The Health Unit works in partnerships with a number of organizations to deliver a comprehensive tobacco control program.
- The tobacco program is 100% funded under the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy.
- There are three main areas of focus within the strategy including prevention, protection, and cessation (quitting).
For more information about the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy, please review the Smoke-Free Ontario website.
Tobacco Related Questions and Complaints
For all tobacco related inquires such as:
- Smoke-Free Ontario Act education materials or signage
- Quit Smoking information
Please complete the questions or comments form on this page or call us at 519-258-2146 ext. 3100.
1. Canadian Cancer Society. (2013). Smokeless tobacco. Retrieved from http: //www .cancer. ca/en/cancer-information/cancer-101/what-is-a-risk-factor/tobacco/smokeless-tobacco/?region=nu
2. Statistics Canada. (2013). Health Profile. Retrieved from http: //www12. statcan. gc. ca/health-sante/82-228/details/page_Figure.cfm?Lang=E&Tab=1&Geo1=HR&Code1=3568&Geo2=PR&Code2=35&Data=Rate&SearchText=Windsor-Essex&SearchType=Contains&SearchPR=01&B1=All&Custom=&Profile=3000
More about Tobacco
“No smoking” and “no vaping” signs are required at all places where smoking tobacco, cannabis and vaping is prohibited under SFOA, 2017. Please fill out the ordering form to order signage for you business/organization.
In addition to restricting places were smoking and vaping is allowed, the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA, 2017) prohibits the display and promotion of tobacco products, branded tobacco product accessories, vapour products, and any other prescribed product or substance at places w
The Health Unit is encouraging municipalities or organizations to create smoke-free outdoor spaces through by-law and policy development.