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.
- How the Act Affects: Children’s Playgrounds
- How the Act Affects: Sporting Areas
- How the Act Affects: Bars and Restaurants (including Patios)
- How the Act Affects: Enclosed Public Places
- How the Act Affects: Employers and Employees
- How the Act Affects: Government Buildings and Properties
- How the Act Affects: Hospitals and Hospital Properties
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 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.