A Decade of Progress Toward A Smoke-Free Ontario

This week is National Non-Smoking Week, and today is Weedless Wednesday. To mark the occasion, Ontario is recognizing the top 10 achievements of its Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy:
  1. Banning smoking in all enclosed public places and all enclosed work places in May 2006.
  2. Restricting the retail promotion of tobacco products in May 2006 and imposing a ban on the display of tobacco products in May 2008.
  3. Banning smoking in motor vehicles with passengers under the age of 16 in January 2009.
  4. Introducing prohibitions on the sale of flavoured cigarillos and establishing regulations for cigarillo packaging in July 2010.
  5. Introducing stronger controls over all types of raw leaf tobacco grown in or imported into Ontario in June 2011.
  6. Banning smoking on and around children’s playgrounds and publicly owned sports fields and surfaces as of January 1, 2015.
  7. Banning smoking on bar and restaurant patios as of January 1, 2015.
  8. Banning the sale of tobacco on university and college campuses as of January 1, 2015.
  9. Introducing legislation that, if passed, would limit the use and sale of e-cigarettes, including banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors.
  10. Introducing legislation that, if passed, would ban the sale of flavoured tobacco products.
Despite significant progress in curbing the use of tobacco products, 13,000 Ontarians still die each year as a result of tobacco-related diseases. The Ontario government will continue to build on the progress it has made through the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy to achieve the lowest smoking rate in Canada.



  1. Did you ever notice while standing in traffic that the cigarette smoker across the street is polluting the air ? How dare they try to compete with all those exhaust fumes . Keep driving past patois too…I’d rather suck in car exhaust than my skinny trail of cigarette smoke. What a farce

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