Outdoor Smoking Ban Starts Thursday

Wednesday December 31st, 2014

Posted at 11:00am


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The New Year means more rules for those who smoke.

As of January 1st, smoking will be prohibited on all bar and restaurant outdoor patios across Ontario. The only exemption under the regulation is for uncovered patios that were established by a branch of the Royal Canadian Legion prior to November 18, 2013.

In addition, smoking will be prohibiting on playgrounds, publicly owned sporting areas, spectator areas adjacent to sporting areas and the 20 metres surrounding those areas.

Sporting areas include areas for basketball, baseball, soccer or beach volleyball, and ice rinks, tennis courts, and swimming pools that are owned by a municipality, the province or a post-secondary education institution. Playgrounds include playgrounds at hotels, motels and inns.

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