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Smoke-Free Ontario Act

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The Smoke Free Ontario Act (SFOA), 2017, became effective on October 17, 2018. The SFOA, 2017, repealed the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2006 and the Electronic Cigarettes Act, 2015, replacing them with one legislative framework. The amended SFOA, 2017 bans the smoking of tobacco or cannabis (including medical and non-medical cannabis) and vaping in enclosed workplaces, enclosed public places, and other designated places.
 
The SFOA, 2017 also outlines the requirements for tobacco and vapour product retailers, and provides the authority to prosecute retailers and other persons for selling tobacco and vapour products to those under 19 years of age.

What is the Smoke-Free Ontario Act?

For information about the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, please visit the Ontario government’s website:

How the Act affects you

Learn where smoking or vaping is and is not allowed in Ontario:

Information for tobacco and vapour product retailers

Learn about requirements for tobacco and vape retailers:

  • Information for retailers (external link)
  • Note: The SFOA, 2017 now requires tobacconists and specialty vape shops to register with their local public health unit. Please call 311 to speak with a public health inspector to review the application and registration process.

Where to order no smoking and no vaping signs

If you require signs for your establishment, please contact the Halton Region Health Department by calling 311. Signs can also be downloaded online and printed from the Ontario government’s website:

Tobacco and vapour product sales to minors

Public health inspectors (PHIs) from the Halton Region Health Department inspect retail establishments that sell tobacco and/or vapour products and conduct test shopping to monitor if these products are being sold to anyone under the age of 19.
Underage persons, under the direct supervision of a PHI, will visit each tobacco or vapour product retailer in Halton and attempt to purchase these products. Halton Region employs a progressive enforcement policy and if a sale is made, the vendor and/or employee is warned or charged.

Offence Reports

  • Name of Establishment: Tornado Vapes
  • Address of Establishment: 2530 Sixth Line, Oakville
  • Offence Description: Sell vapour product to a person who is less than 19 years old, SFOA 3(1)
  • Date of Conviction: January 28, 2019
  • Set Fine: $400
  • Name of Establishment: Tornado Vapes
  • Address of Establishment: 2530 Sixth Line, Oakville
  • Offence Description: Sell vapour product to a person who is less than 19 years old, SFOA 3(1)
  • Date of Conviction: January 8, 2019
  • Set Fine: $400
  • Name of Establishment: U-Canpuff
  • Address of Establishment: 113 Lakeshore Rd W, Oakville
  • Offence Description: Sell electronic cigarette to a person who is less than 19 years old, ECA 2(1)
  • Date of Conviction: August 3, 2018
  • Set Fine: $300
  • Name of Establishment: Preserve Convenience
  • Address of Establishment: 3022 Preserve Dr, Oakville
  • Offence Description: Sell tobacco to a person who is less than 19 years old, SFOA 3(1)
  • Date of Conviction: July 31, 2018
  • Set Fine: $400
  • Name of Establishment: Rabba Fine Foods
  • Address of Establishment: 1289 Marlborough Court, Oakville
  • Offence Description: Sell tobacco to a person who is less than 19 years old, SFOA 3(1)
  • Date of Conviction: June 12, 2018
  • Set Fine: $400

  Disclaimer: Prospective buyers of tobacco retail dealer premises are strongly encouraged to contact the local public health unit to confirm premises conviction history. A premises with two or more convictions against the owner at that address is subject to a Notice of Prohibition Against the Sale, Storage and Delivery of Tobacco Products (known as an automatic prohibition or “AP”).
Section 16 of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA) states that upon becoming aware that there are two or more convictions against any person for tobacco sales offences committed at the same place within a five year period, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) shall notify the owner(s) or occupant of the place that the sale, storage and delivery of tobacco products is prohibited at the place.
The MOHLTC accepts requests from public health units for automatic prohibitions where owner(s) of the business was/were convicted on two occasions rather than employees. The SFOA convictions report published on public health units’ websites lists all owner related tobacco sales convictions that are eligible for an automatic prohibition.
 

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