The Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA) regulates the sale, supply, display, promotion and use of tobacco and vapour products (e.g., e-cigarettes), and the smoking and vaping of cannabis.
Tobacco and vapour products:
- Cannot be displayed in the store
- Cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 19
Also, tobacco products and accessories cannot be promoted through the display of tobacco branding.
Store owners must:
- Ensure their store complies with the law
- Be diligent in training all staff on their legal responsibilities
- Ensure applicable signs are posted in accordance with the legislation
A Guide for Retailers [PDF 1.2MB] is now available to assist owners and employees to better understand the requirements of the SFOA, 2017 regarding the sale, supply, display and promotion of tobacco and vapour products.
In addition to the Guide for Retailers (provided by the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care), the Huron County Health Unit offers free information sessions for local storeowners and employees, where the legal responsibilities of tobacco and vapour product retailers are reviewed.
The health unit’s tobacco enforcement officer conducts inspections of tobacco and vapour retailers to ensure compliance. If a premises is convicted of two or more offences in a five-year period, the store may be prohibited from selling tobacco and vapour products for up to one year.
If you have a question please call us at 519.482.3416 or toll-free at 1.877.837.6143. Ask to speak to the tobacco enforcement officer on the Environmental Health team.