What Are Some of the Smoking Laws in Ontario?


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As of 2015, the Smoke Free Ontario Act bans smoking in all workplaces, enclosed public spaces, motor vehicles when children under 16 are present, child care centers and certain outdoor spaces, states the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. The law also prohibits smoking in hospitals and schools.

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The outdoor spaces include bar and restaurant patios, shelters with more than two walls and a roof, the area within a 9-meter radius of the entrance to a hospital, and playgrounds at hospitals, hotels and other spaces open to the public, reports the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care. People may not smoke in the common areas for hotels, inns and multifamily residence buildings. Hotel guests may only smoke in designated guest rooms. Tenants may smoke in apartments with the permission of the landlord, according to Smoke-Free Housing Ontario.

The law forbids smoking in homes that are used as private day care facilities even if children aren't there, explains the Ministry. Certain home health workers who are visiting patients in their homes may ask clients to refrain from smoking in their presence and can refuse to provide service if the client doesn't comply. The law provides exceptions for aboriginal people using tobacco for cultural or religious purposes in an indoor space separate from designated smoking areas in a hospital or long-term care facility.

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