Smoke-Free Ontario Act

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act

The Smoke-Free Ontario (SFOA), 2017 came into effect on October 17, 2018. The Act is intended to protect Ontarians from the harms of second-hand tobacco and cannabis smoke and vapour. It also keeps tobacco and e-cigarette products out of the hands of youth. 

The SFOA prohibits the smoking of tobacco and cannabis, as well as vaping, in the following places:

  • Enclosed public places and workplaces, including workplace vehicles
  • Child care facilities
  • On and within 20 metres of community recreational facility property
  • On and within 9 metres of bar/restaurant patios
  • On and within 20 metres of school property
  • On and within 20 metres of playgrounds and sporting and spectator areas
  • All hospital property (indoors and outdoors)
  • Long-term care homes (indoors and within 9 metres of exits and entrances)
  • Motor vehicles while another person who is less than 16 years of age is present
  • Common areas (hallways, stairwells, elevators) of multi-unit residences

The SFOA also regulates the sale, supply, display and promotion of tobacco or electronic cigarette (vapour) products. The sale or supply of tobacco or vapour products to anyone under the age of 19 is prohibited.



“No Smoking” and “No Vaping” signs are required at all places where smoking tobacco, cannabis and vaping is prohibited under SFOA. Tobacco and e-cigarette retailers are also required to post additional signage. 

If you need signage, contact Southwestern Public Health at 1-800-922-0096 or email


Tobacco and E-Cigarette Retailers

Owners, employers and employees of a place that sells tobacco or vapour products in Ontario must follow the rules outlined by the SFOA, 2017. Retailers have a legal responsibility to ensure compliance with these rules. 


Developing a Smoke-Free Workplace Policy

Employers can develop policies to further protect employees from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke and vapour. Contact us to develop a smoke-free policy for your workplace today!


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