Overview of Smoke-free Legislation in Ontario
Smoke-free public places and workplaces are an important part of making Peel region a healthier place to live and work.
On February 14, 2013 Regional Council unanimously supported and passed a by-law which, as of September 2, 2013, makes it against the law to smoke within nine metres (30 feet) of playground areas, outdoor recreational facilities, as well as entrances and exits to municipal buildings.
As of January 21, 2009, smoking inside a vehicle with a child under the age of 16 is against the law. This applies to both drivers and passengers.
On May 31, 2006 the Smoke-Free Ontario Act came into effect. It amended the Tobacco Control Act (1994). This new provincial legislation supersedes the Region of Peel’s Smoke-free By-law. It requires all enclosed public places and workplaces to be 100 per cent smoke-free (i.e., no designated smoking rooms DSRs), and prohibits smoking on an outdoor patio of a restaurant or bar if any portion of a patio is covered or partially covered by a roof.
June 1, 2004, represented the final phase of the implementation of the Region of Peel’s Smoke-free By-law, which required billiard halls, bingo halls, casinos, bars, nightclubs and taverns to become 100 per cent smoke-free or provide an enclosed, separately ventilated smoking room.
In 2003, Regional Council passed the Region of Peel’s Smoke-free By-law. This by-law stipulated that all enclosed public places had to phase out their designated smoking rooms (DSRs) by June 1, 2010.
On June 1, 2001, restaurants, banquet halls, food courts and the food areas of recreational facilities in Peel were required to become 100 per cent smoke-free or provide an enclosed, separately ventilated smoking room.
In 1999, the three municipalities in the Region of Peel passed by-laws requiring workplaces and public places to become smoke-free.
In 1997, the Ontario Ministry of Health issued its Mandatory Health Programs and Services Guidelines, which directed public health departments to "increase the proportion of smoke-free public places and workplaces to 100 per cent by the year 2005."
The Tobacco Control Act was passed by the Ontario provincial government in 1994. This legislation prohibited smoking in various public settings. This legislation also gave local municipalities the power to further restrict smoking in other public places.
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