As of January 1st, 2015 new smoking laws in the province of Ontario have been in effect to help protect children and youth from the harmful effects of smoking. – These new laws have been making it harder for smokers in Ontario to find a place to light up!
Smokers in Ontario are prohibited from smoking on in bars, restauraunt patios, sports fields and kids’ playgrounds and parks. The new regulation which came into effect as of January 1st, 2015 prohibits the selling of tobacco on school campuses of University and College across the province of Ontario.
The regulation goes to say hotels, motels and inns are not a residential location and are not exempt.
Some people think that these new restrictions will hurt business across Ontario, but health are confident they won’t affect the businesses across Ontario. “When we first introduced a ban on smoking inside restaurants and bars, there was a lot of concern raised that it would throw restaurants and bars out of business, but the evidence shows that did not happen,” Associate Health Minister Dipika Dameria told Global News.
The reason why the province made changes to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act is because tobacco kills 13,000 people in the province every year and causes $2.2 billion in health care costs annually. “Creating smoke-free outdoor spaces and patios not only protects the public and workers from second-hand smoke but also reduces social exposure to smoking behaviour,” said Canadian Cancer Society Public Affairs Vice-President Rowena Pinto in a media release.
Corporations that break the law for indoor smoking can be charged up to $100,000, any further violations is $300,000 fine. As an individual who smokes illegally inside, faces a fine from $1,000 to $5,000 for repeat offenses. For smoking in prohibited spaces outdoors aren’t as high, $250 for smoking near a playground or hospital and $300 for selling tobacco on campus. Although there are some exemptions; Veterans get somewhat of a pass, but the Canadians Legions that built patios prior to 2013 will be exempt.