Tobacco Facts for Schools

Prevention and Protection: The Law

  • The Smoke‐Free Ontario Act states that smoking or holding lit tobacco is not allowed anywhere on school property by anyone at any time.
  • Tobacco Enforcement Officers and/or Public Health Inspectors from the Halton Region Health Department carry out inspections and investigate complaints in schools in order to enforce the act.

Responsibilities of School Administration

  • Ensure that employees, students and visitors are aware of the smoking prohibitions.
  • Remove ashtrays and any object that serves as one.
  • Ensure that employees, students and members of the public do not smoke on school property.
  • Ensure a person who does not comply, does not remain on the property.
  • Post No Smoking signs at all entrances, exits, washrooms, and other appropriate locations in order to ensure that everyone knows that smoking is prohibited. For information on acquiring required signage, please contact Halton Region at 311.

Penalties

  • There is no maximum corporate fine listed for contravention of this section, meaning the fine amount would be left up to a justice of the peace. An individual could be subject to a maximum fine of $5,000.
  • For anyone over 16 years, there is a minimum fine of $305. People younger than 16 must attend court with a parent or guardian. Selling, supplying or sharing tobacco products with anyone under 19 can result in a minimum fine of $365.

Protection and Prevention: Activities

  • Make Sport and Recreation Tobacco-Free
    Tobacco‐Free Sport and Recreation (TFSR) means that everyone taking part in a sport or recreational activity refrains from using all forms of tobacco - participants, spectators, coaches and leaders do not smoke, snuff, dip, or chew tobacco. It is about creating a culture that where tobacco industry products are not a normal part of healthy living. Create a Tobacco‐Free Sport and Recreation policy for your school and/or team(s). www.playlivebetobaccofree.ca External Link

Denormalizing the industry

  • Smoke‐Free Movies
    Movies influence many children & teens to start smoking. Research by many leading public health authorities have shown that smoking in movies rated G, PG, and 14A can influence children and teens and make them more likely to start smoking. For more information and to learn about what can be done to make a change visit www.smokefreemovies.ca External Link.
  • Cessation help
    Young people underestimate the power of nicotine addiction. It's a fact that 90% of the youth still smoking by age 19 will become long term smokers. Halton Region offers resources to help people quit smoking such as The Stop Smoking Clinic, or check out: