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Second-Hand Smoke

Protecting Everyone From Second-Hand Smoke

Second-hand smoke is a toxic mix of smoke from the burning tip of a lit cigarette, cigar, pipe or other tobacco products and the smoke exhaled from a smoker. Second hand smoke contains many known cancer causing chemicals.

Restrictions on exposure to second hand smoke in workplaces and public places are found in Ontario under the Smoke-free Ontario Act. Find out about those restrictions.

Smoke-Free Ontario Act

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act set the rules that limit exposure to second-hand smoke. The legislation is explained in easier to read fact sheets that pertain to various sections of the Act.

Local municipalities may have more restrictive by-laws in place further restricting exposure to second-hand smoke in workplaces and public places.

Smoke-Free Housing

Smoke-Free Housing Ontario LogoSmoke-Free Housing Ontario is about helping to increase options for smoke-free living. Demand for smoke-free environments is on the rise. Ontarians are protected from second-hand smoke in virtually all enclosed workplaces and public places, yet many remain unwillingly exposed in their own homes as a result of smoke from neighbouring units.