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Public Health Units support the implementation and enforcement of the Smoke Free Ontario Act. Tobacco Enforcement Officers complete:

  • An annual inspection at each secondary school
  • Inspections in response to all complaints under the Smoke Free Ontario Act of retailers, enclosed workplaces and enclosed public places
  • A minimum of two inspections annually of each tobacco vendor enforcing the provision of tobacco persons under 19 years of age; these inspections are completed with the support of a youth test shopper 
  • An annual inspection of each tobacco vendor enforcing the ban on display and promotion and ensuring appropriate signage is posted
Please call 519-575-4400 to be connected to a Tobacco Enforcement Officer to make requests for information or to file a complaint.

Note that as of January 1, 2015, the Smoke Free Ontario Act was amended. Among other additions to the act, it is now illegal to:

  • Smoke within 20 metres of children's playgrounds
  • Smoke on sporting areas, spectator areas adjacent to sporting areas and within a 20 metre perimeter of the sporting areas and adjacent spectator areas

For information on tobacco cessation or prevention of youth tobacco use, please check Tobacco Prevention, Protection and Cessation page.

Fact sheets, guidelines, legislations, definitions...

Introduction to smoking legislation

Ministry of Health and Long Term Care: How the Smoke Free Ontario Act Affects You

Smoke Free Ontario Act - How the Act Affects Schools