Algoma Public Health
- Tobacco Protection
What is included:
- Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017
- Where you can’t smoke or vape in Ontario
- Tobacco and e-cigarette retailers
- Additional resources
The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA) came into effect on October 17, 2018.
The Act is intended to protect Ontarians from the harms of second-hand tobacco and cannabis smoke and vapour.
It also keeps tobacco and e-cigarette products out of the hands of youth.
- Enclosed public places and workplaces, including workplace vehicles
- Child care facilities
- On and within 20 metres of community recreational facility property
- On and within 9 metres of bar/restaurant patios
- On and within 20 metres of school property
- On and within 20 metres of playgrounds and sporting and spectator areas
- All hospital property (indoors and outdoors)
- Long-term care homes (indoors and within 9 metres of exits and entrances)
- Motor vehicles while another person who is less than 16 years of age is present
- Common areas (hallways, stairwells, elevators) of multi-unit residences
The SFOA also regulates the sale, supply, display and promotion of tobacco or electronic cigarette (vapour) products. The sale or supply of tobacco or vapour products to anyone under the age of 19 is prohibited.
“No smoking” and “no vaping” signs are required at all places where smoking tobacco, cannabis and vaping is prohibited under SFOA. Tobacco and e-cigarette retailers are also required to post additional signage.
If you need signage, contact Algoma Public Health at 705-759-5286.
Owners, employers and employees of a place that sells tobacco or vapour products in Ontario must follow the rules outlined by the SFOA, 2017. Retailers have a legal responsibility to ensure compliance with these rules.
- Age restrictions, automatic prohibitions, display and promotion, signage
- Guidelines for registration as a tobacconist
- Guidelines for registration as a specialty vape store
Date of Creation: March 21, 2019
Last Modified: August 7, 2019
Second Hand Smoke
Secondhand smoke is the smoke from burning tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, or pipes as well as the smoke exhaled, or breathed out, by the person smoking. It contains more than 7,000 chemicals, including hundreds that are toxic and around 70 that can cause cancer.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services identifies numerous illnesses directly caused or linked to individual's exposure to second hand smoke. Some of these include premature death from heart disease, lung cancer in adults who have never smoked and increased risk of stroke. Second hand smoke also increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in an infant's first year of life as well children that are exposed to secondhand smoke experience bronchitis, pneumonia and ear infections more frequently. Secondhand smoke is also a trigger for asthma attacks. It is important that children are protected from and that adults eliminate their exposure to secondhand smoke.
For more information or resources visit the links below:
Third Hand Smoke (THS)
Third-hand smoke is a term used to describe the residual left behind by secondhand smoke in an indoor environment even after no one is smoking. These residuals including those from nicotine and poly-cyclic aromatic hydrocarbons cling to surfaces even after secondhand smoke has been dispersed. More research surrounding the chemical make-up of THS and possible health impacts is needed however public complaints about lingering odours have provided additional support for Smoke-Free indoor spaces restrictions.
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Second Hand Smoke in Multi-Unit Dwellings (MUDS)
Multi-Unit dwellings are considered to be any building that has more than one residential unit. Other names used for multi-unit dwellings are apartments, condominiums, semi-detached houses, row or town houses, basement suites and duplexes.
When choosing a residence within a multi-unit dwelling it is important to know your rights as a tenant and the rights of the landlord or property owner/manager regarding second hand smoke. Second hand smoke (SHS) is a combination of smoke exhaled by the smoker and the smoke released from the end of a lit cigarette, pipe or cigar.
Some of the common openings that smoke seeps through include electrical outlets, plumbing, duct work for heating and air conditioners, ceiling light fixtures, cracks in walls, floors or doors and through common hallways of the units. It is also common for smoke to seep into units through open windows from balconies and outdoor smoking areas. Some units may share ventilation or heating systems which cause the smoke to be shared amongst other residences as well. A significant amount of the air in your unit can be coming from other units in the building depending on the age and design of the building.
For more information on Smoke-Free MUDS visit:
In Ontario, smoking is prohibited in common areas of condominiums, apartment buildings and college and university residences.
The following list of rental properties in Sault Ste. Marie that have committed to creating a healthier environment for their tenants by enacting 100% smoke-free policies for their rental units and buildings.
Skyline Living Properties
- 122 Allard Street
- 130 Allard Street (Ruscio Villa)
- 23 Terry Fox Place
- 26 Terry Fox Place
- 27 Terry Fox Place
- 352-A Dacey Road (Village Green)
- 352-B Dacey Road (Village Green)
- 621 MacDonald Avenue (Heritage Place)
- 627 MacDonald Avenue (Heritage Place)
- 631 MacDonald Avenue (Heritage Place)
- 365 Lake Street
- 379 Lake Street
Ontario Finnish Resthome Association
- Suomi Eesti Maja
- Uusi Koti
District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board
- 53 Chapple Street
- 55 Chapple Avenue
- 101 Chapple Avenue
- 615 Bay Street
- 345 St. George’s Avenue
- 588 Albert St. W
Co-op or Non-profit
- 277A Northern Avenue E (Columbus Club Housing Corp)
- 623 Bay Street (Lions Place)
- 4 East Street (Italian Housing Corp)
- 241 Upton Road Apartments
- Edgewater Manor, 99 Pine Street
Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces
In Algoma, smoking is restricted at certain outdoor spaces by specific municipal bylaws as well as the provincial Smoke-Free Ontario Legislation.
Highlights in some of these bylaws include:
Smoking prohibited on all hospital property in Wawa, Sault Ste. Marie and Elliot Lake. The use of water pipes in public places and workplaces is prohibited in Sault. Ste Marie, Thessalon and Huron Shores.
- In Blind River smoking is not permitted within 9 metres of the entrance to the Community Centre.
- In Elliot Lake smoking is not permitted within 9 metres of the entrance of the Centennial Arena.
- In Sault Ste. Marie smoking is not permitted within 9 metres of the entrance to the West End Community Centre and the John Rhodes Community Centre. Smoking is also restricted at events that have received a permit from the city.
To view a number of the no-smoking bylaws across Algoma check out the attached or visit:
Date of Creation: June 1, 2015
Last Modified: June 2019