Government Introduces Legislation to Protect Youth From Harmful Effects of Tobacco
Ontario introduced new legislation and proposed new regulations today that would strengthen the Smoke-Free Ontario Act by increasing penalties for selling cigarettes to kids and broaden restrictions on smoking in public areas.
The Youth Smoking Prevention Act, if passed, would:
Prohibit smoking on playgrounds, sport fields, and restaurant and bar patios.
Double fines for those who sell tobacco to youth, making Ontario's penalties the highest in Canada.
Ban the sale of flavored tobacco products targeted at kids to make smoking less appealing to young people.