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Updated Smoking Laws in Ontario and Local Reporting Options

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Sarnia, ON - Changes to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 now restrict the use of cannabis and vapour products, in addition to tobacco, in many public locations.

Paul Buttery, Health Promoter with Lambton Public Health, says "Smoking cannabis and vaping of any substance is prohibited wherever smoking tobacco is prohibited."

In Ontario, it is illegal to consume tobacco, cannabis and use vapour products in the following locations:

  • Any enclosed public space

  • Any enclosed workplace, including workplace vehicles

  • Common areas of multi-unit dwellings such as apartment buildings, condos, etc.

  • Child care centres and home child care locations

  • Spectator areas of sport and entertainment venues

  • Smoking tobacco and vaping in motor vehicles with children under 16 years of age

  • Outdoor grounds of hospitals, provincial buildings

  • Within 9m of entrances to long-term care homes

  • Sport fields and playgrounds + 20m from perimeter

  • School properties + 20m from perimeter

  • Bar and restaurant patios + 9m from perimeter

  • Outdoor grounds of recreation centres + 20m from perimeter

Lambton Public Health works with the community to ensure compliance with the law, provide required signage and to help create policies. To report a violation anonymously:

Vendor changes include:

  • Complete display ban for all tobacco and vape products

  • Ban on the promotion of tobacco / tobacco product accessories

  • Vapour product promotion is limited, except for specialty vape stores registered with Lambton Public Health

The Ontario Cannabis Store website is currently the only legal option to buy cannabis. For more on the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 and cannabis resources, visit

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