Smoke-free Ontario Act

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act

The Smoke-Free Ontario (SFOA) came into force on May 31, 2006 and has since had many updates. The Act is intended to protect Ontarians from the harms of second-hand smoke and vapour and to keep tobacco and e-cigarette products out of the hands of youth.

The SFOA prohibits the smoking of tobacco in the following places:

  • Enclosed public places and workplaces, including workplace vehicles
  • On bar/restaurant patios 
  • On school property 
  • 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

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 Signs

No smoking signs are required at all places where smoking is prohibited under the 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

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