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Smoke and Vape-Free - Hospitals and Hospital Properties

In Middlesex-London, all London Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph's Health Care London and Middlesex Hospital Alliance sites are smoke and vape-free.


Under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA, 2017), public hospitals, private hospitals and psychiatric facilities are considered to be enclosed workplaces and enclosed public places, therefore smoking and vaping is prohibited on facility property.

Hospital property includes the inside all buildings and outdoor hospital grounds (e.g. at or within 9 metres of all entrances and exits, in parking garages, parking lots, roadways, bus shelters and greenspace).1

Residential Care Facilities

Smoking and vaping is not permitted in residential care facilities, such as;

Smoking and vaping is also not permitted within 9 metres of all entrances and exits.

Certain specifically-designated long-term care facilities are allowed to operate a "controlled area" inside their facility where residents may smoke or vape.1 Employers or owners of these facilities must post no smoking and no vaping signs outside of the controlled area's entrance.

Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017: Hospital Poster

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Contact Us

For more information, contact the Smoke-Free Information Line:


Home Healthcare Workers

A home healthcare worker is a person who provides health care services in private homes that are provided by a Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). Home healthcare workers have the right to ask someone not to smoke or vape around them when they are working.1

For more information, please contact the Smoke-Free Information Line:

Date of creation: February 27, 2013
Last modified on: November 28, 2018


1Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care. 2018. Where you can't smoke or vape in Ontario. Retrieved from