Protection and Enforcement

The Huron County Health Unit is responsible for enforcing the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 in Huron County. To help protect Huron residents, it important to consider having smoke-free outdoor spaces, and smoke-free home and multi-unit dwellings.

Smoking refers to the smoking or holding of lighted tobacco or cannabis (medical or recreational). Vaping refers to inhaling or exhaling vapour from an electronic cigarette or holding an activated electronic cigarette, whether or not the vapour contains nicotine.

Tobacco enforcement officers conduct compliance and enforcement inspections in the following areas:

Community Recreational Facilities and Playgrounds

Smoking and vaping is not permitted on the outdoor grounds of community recreational facilities, children’s playgrounds, or in public spaces within 20 metres of the perimeter of the grounds/ playground.

Day Nurseries and Private Home Daycare

Smoking and vaping is prohibited in a licensed day nursery and in a private home daycare. The entire premises must be smoke-free at all times whether children are present or not.


Smoking and vaping is prohibited not permitted anywhere on the outdoor grounds and within a nine (9) metre radius surrounding any entrance or exit of a hospital or a psychiatric facility.

Hotels, Motels, and Inns

Smoking is not allowed in hotels, motels, and inns as outlined in the County of  Huron Smoke-Free By-Law No. 21, 2003 [PDF].

Restaurants and Bars, including Patios

Smoking and vaping is prohibited inside a bars and restaurants, on restaurant and bar patios, and public areas within a nine metre radius of any point on the perimeter of the patio.


  • Smoking and vaping is not allowed in public and private schools, including the grounds associated with the school, and public areas within 20 metres of any point on the perimeter of the grounds of the school.
  • It is illegal to smoke or hold a lit tobacco product anywhere on school property.
  • This law applies to everyone on school property – students, staff and visitors. This includes smoking in a vehicle parked on school property and smoking on school athletic fields during after hours activities.

The sale and use of tobacco products is regulated by various pieces of legislation on the municipal, provincial and federal levels.

Municipal (Huron County)



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.