The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 1994, is a broad piece of public health legislation that protects the public from tobacco use.
The Act contains the following measures:
- prohibition on selling tobacco in packages less than 20 cigarettes
- prohibition on selling tobacco to any person who is less than 19 years old
- prohibition on selling tobacco without health information and warnings
- prohibition on tobacco vending machines
- prohibition on selling tobacco in health care institutions such as hospitals and pharmacies
- prohibition on displaying tobacco products where these products are sold
In 2006, the Act was strengthened to protect Ontarians from second-hand smoke. The new sections in the legislation prohibit:
What this means for the workplace or a public place:
Every employer/owner must:
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