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Tobacco - Protection and Enforcement

The province has developed a comprehensive Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy which includes enforcement of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, a law designed to protect the health of Ontarians by prohibiting smoking in all enclosed workplaces and enclosed public places. The Act also bans the public display of tobacco products and the sale of tobacco products to youth under 19.

In 2015, Tobacco Enforcement Officers laid 64 charges against London and Middlesex area tobacco retailers for selling tobacco to a person under 19 years old. In addition, 57 charges were issued against individuals for smoking inside workplaces or other areas where smoking is prohibited. If you have a question or complaint about smoking, contact the Tobacco Control Team at 519-663-5317 ext. 2673 or smokefreeinfo@mlhu.on.ca. All complaints are kept confidential.


Smoke-Free Ontario Act

For information about how the Smoke-Free Ontario Act affects you, please refer to the resources below.


Tobacco Enforcement Officers

The law is enforced by Tobacco Enforcement Officers who conduct inspections of public places and workplaces to ensure compliance with the law, respond to complaints about offences and lay charges when necessary. Smoke-Free Ontario Act fines range from $300 to $300,000.


Workplace and public place smoking bans may contribute to a significant decline in smoking behaviour and make recent quitters more likely to quit for good.1

Date of creation: February 27, 2013
Last modified on: February 7, 2017

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1Smoke-Free Ontario Scientific Advisory Committee. (2010). Evidence to Guide Action: Comprehensive Tobacco Control in Ontario. Retrieved from