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New regional Smoking and Vaping By-law now in effect

Posted on Monday September 16, 2019

Whitby, Ontario, Sept. 16, 2019 – A new regional Smoking and Vaping By-law, regulating smoking and vaping of tobacco, vapour products and cannabis in public places and the workplace, has been approved and is now in effect. The previous Smoke-Free By-Law, which regulated smoking in public places and the workplace, has now been revoked.

The new regional Smoking and Vaping By-law addresses smoking and vaping of any substance intended to be inhaled including nicotine, cannabis and medical cannabis, as well as the smoking or vaping of cigarettes, pipes, water pipes, vape pens or e-cigarettes, hookahs, cannabis, medicinal cannabis, or any other lighted or heated smoking product while in a public place or workplace. Expanding on the list of prohibited places as outlined in the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA, 2017), the new regional by-law also bans the act of smoking or vaping of all products in workplaces and public places as defined in the by-law. This includes, but is not limited to, specialty vapour product retailers, hookah and vape lounges, customer service lines whether indoors or outdoors, post-secondary institution property and municipal property.

In the coming weeks, Durham Region Health Department will be working with community partners to provide education and increase public awareness of the new regional by-law requirements for area residents and all affected workplaces. Also, tobacco enforcement officers from the Health Department will be using a graduated enforcement strategy when conducting inspections and investigating complaints in prohibited places, as well as workplaces, to ensure compliance with the new by-law. Any individual convicted of an offence under the new regional Smoking and Vaping By-law could be subject to a maximum fine of $5,000.

Furthermore, smoking and vaping will be prohibited within nine metres of all public entrances/exits at workplaces and public places, and within 20 metres of all public park properties in Durham Region.

For more details visit the Region of Durham Newsroom. 

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