Smoking Smoke-Free Ontario

Smoke-Free Ontario

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act ensures that non-smokers are protected from harmful exposure to second-hand smoke in all enclosed workplaces and enclosed public places.

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act came into effect on May 31, 2006. It makes all enclosed public places and workplaces smoke-free.


This act also toughens laws on tobacco sales to minors and restricts the display of tobacco products in retail outlets with a complete ban on the display of tobacco products.

It is against the law for any person – driver or passenger – to smoke in a vehicle where there are passengers under the age of 16 years. Anyone who fails to comply with the prohibition is subject to a fine of up to $250. Police officers enforce this law.

Under the Act, it is illegal to:

These changes to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act are part of the government’s plan to limit smoking in public places, reduce exposure to tobacco smoke and make it more difficult for young people to buy tobacco.



Click on Smoke-Free Ontario, “How the Smoke-Free Ontario Act Affects You” for information for:

  • bars and restaurants
  • home health care
  • hospitals
  • schools and more


Enforcement complaints
Information for tobacco vendors