April 12, 2006
The Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA) is designed to protect the health of all Ontarians by prohibiting smoking in all enclosed workplaces and enclosed public places. The Act will rename and amend the Tobacco Control Act, 1994, repeal the Smoking in the Workplace Act, and supersede the Regional Municipality of York No-Smoking Bylaw A-0285-2000-105.
York Region residents have been protected from second-hand smoke under the Regional Municipality of York No-Smoking Bylaw. The new SFO provincial legislation addresses many of the same issues as the local bylaw but is more restrictive. Some of the main improvements in this legislation surround the issues of designated smoking rooms, smoking in licensed home day cares and outdoor patios and the retail promotion of tobacco products. Specifically:
· Designated smoking rooms are no longer permitted in public places including restaurants, bars, casinos, bingo halls, bowling alleys and billiard halls. There will be no exemptions for private clubs such as legions and social clubs
· Smoking is prohibited on any outdoor patio that is partially or completely covered by a roof
· Retail vendors of tobacco products will need to immediately restrict the retail promotion of tobacco products and a complete ban on the display of tobacco products will be imposed by May 31, 2008
· All licensed private home day care, as defined under the Day Nurseries Act, must be smoke-free at all times, whether or not children are present
The SFOA was created to protect
For a complete overview of the SFOA, please see the attached backgrounder.
For more information on health-related questions, contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or visit www.york.ca.
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