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Enforcement

Ensuring that provincial smoking (tobacco/cannabis/vaping) laws are followed is an important part of helping all of us lead healthier lives. Peterborough Public Health conducts ongoing inspections/complaint investigations to make sure the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA) is followed in enclosed workplaces/public places and smoke-free outdoor spaces. These activities are also done at places where tobacco/e-cigarettes are sold to keep them out of the hands of our youth. The enforcement of cannabis vendors is handled by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.

Our goal is to ensure vendors comply with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act through education, regular inspections, and other enforcement activities.
Our services are designed to seek compliance through education. This is done by working with tobacco and e-cigarette vendors and workplace managers and supervisors by providing information and support to help them fulfill their obligations under the Act.

Where are people allowed to use cannabis?

The Smoke Free Ontario Act defines the places where people are allowed and not allowed to use cannabis. You can find this on the Ontario Government’s website here.

The City of Peterborough, Selwyn Township and Cavan-Monaghan Township have municipal by-laws that further restrict smoking and only currently deal with the smoking of medical cannabis and tobacco products. It is anticipated that, in consultation with stakeholders, revisions will be necessary to regulate the smoking of recreational cannabis.

Officers who enforce the Smoke-Free Ontario Act can be contacted by calling 705-743-1000 ext 330.

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