Clearing the Smoke Off Patios

Written by admin, May 5, 2015

May 5, 2015 – Public Health Reminds Residents of New Smoke-Free Patio Legislation

With warm weather finally here Peterborough Public Health wants to remind residents that all outdoor restaurant patios are now smoke-free thanks to changes to the Smoke Free Ontario Act that took effect Jan 1, 2015.  The fine for breaking the law is $305.

Restaurant owners and operators, as well as individual smokers are responsible for complying with the legislation. The Public Health’s Tobacco Enforcement Officer (TEO) has the ability to charge those who contravene the law.  If there is evidence of smoking, or complaints about smoking on patios, then those involved could receive a fine.

“While this law was officially instated on January 1, we want to ensure residents of Peterborough and Peterborough County are aware of the change,” explained TEO Courtney Howe.  “People are starting to enjoy the patio season, and some may not be aware that the law has changed since last summer.  We don’t want any confusion about the fact that all restaurant patios are now smoke free!”

The update to the Smoke Free Ontario Act also includes a ban on smoking within 20 metres of children’s playgrounds and sports fields.  Parks are also included and are to be 100 per cent smoke free.   If you witness individuals smoking in a prohibited area you are encouraged to contact the TEO directly at 705-743-1000, ext. 245.   

The Peterborough Public Health works to improve the overall health of all in our community.  Social, economic, and environmental factors all play a role in the health of an individual.  Through a wide range of services such as quit smoking groups and services, policy development, and education and youth engagement activities we are committed to making a healthier Peterborough and Peterborough County.


For further information, please contact:
Courtney Howe
Tobacco Enforcement Officer
705-743-1000, ext. 245