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revised November 08, 2018

Tobacco, Cannabis and Electronic Cigarette Enforcement

Region of Peel - Public Health enforces the provincial Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017. The act helps reduce youth access to tobacco and vapour products (e.g., electronic cigarettes), and protects the public from second-hand tobacco smoke, cannabis smoke, and vapour from e-cigarettes.

The Region also enforces two municipal by-laws related to smoking: the Peel Waterpipe Smoking By-law and the Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law.

Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017

Region of Peel - Public Health inspectors enforce the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017.

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 outlines the rules for smoking (cannabis and tobacco smoking) and vaping (all types of vaping).  The act also describes the responsibilities of tobacco and e-cigarette retailers. Visit Smoke-Free Ontario for details.

Visit our Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 resource page for the following:

  • fact sheets explaining how the law applies to different settings
  • proprietor, employer and retailer signs
  • specialty vape store and tobacconist application forms and guidelines

Peel Public Health releases legal convictions under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017.

Prospective buyers of tobacco retail locations are encouraged to read the Disclaimer: Tobacco Sales Offences and Automatic Prohibitions.

Other Cannabis Related Legislation

Region of Peel - Public Health enforces Ontario’s rules on cannabis use.

For other aspects of cannabis legalization, including retail sales, possession, growing cannabis, and driving safety, visit the Government of Ontario's cannabis legalization webpage.

Municipal Smoking By-Laws

Peel Public Health inspectors also enforce the Peel Waterpipe Smoking By-law and the Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law.

The Peel Waterpipe Smoking By-law does not allow waterpipe smoking in the following settings:

  • enclosed public places (e.g., restaurants, bars, and cafes)
  • enclosed workplaces
  • restaurant and bar patios
  • certain outdoor settings.

A waterpipe is also commonly referred to as a hookah or shisha. Enforcement of the Peel Waterpipe by-law began October 15, 2018.

The Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law prohibits tobacco smoking within nine metres of the entrances and exits to municipally owned and occupied buildings.

For More Information

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If you have any questions about tobacco, cannabis and vaping enforcement, email Peel Public Health or call 905-799-7700 to speak with a Public Health Inspector.


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