The Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA) paves the way to a healthy Ontario by restricting smoking in enclosed public places.
The policy restricts any individual from smoking when inside of any building or structure such as hospitals, schools, retail shops, indoor shopping malls, restaurants, bars, as well as places of entertainment like casinos, bingo and billiard hall. SFOA also prohibits smoking when driving or commuting through trains, taxi cabs, cars, and limousines.
SFOA served as one of the creative strategies that combat the negative effect of secondhand smoke exposure. It also protects non-smokers from the dangerous diseases brought by tobacco smoke exposure, such as cancer, coronary heart disease, and premature death.
Since SFOA was implemented, approximately 90% of Ontario’s population was covered under the smoke-free policy.
The following are some examples on how business proprietors also contribute to the achievement.
- Placing No Smoking signs at the entrance and exit, in the bathrooms, and in any other appropriate locations
- Posting Age Restriction and Health Warning signs on stores, where tobacco is sold
- Showing government I.D. when selling tobacco products
- Building specific locations or setting controlled locations outside the entrance for smoking
Some other jurisdictions also follow different effective policies in addressing the of tobacco smoking.. However, despite the difference on the variety of policies and levels of effectivity, they all have one common strategy that effectively offsets tobacco use. It is the implementation of penalties to anyone who disobeys the municipal bylaws. Hence, to motivate people to follow the SFOA, Canada also imposed penalties to people who do not conform to it.