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. Where a private school is not the only occupant of the premises, then the grounds designated for the school (e.g., a playground) and public areas within 20 metres of any point on the perimeter of those grounds are subject to the ban on smoking and vaping.
It is also illegal to sell tobacco and vapour products in public schools and private schools.
The Smoke Free Ontario Act, 2017 (SFOA, 2017) requires that proprietors and employers of public and private schools make sure that smoking and vaping laws on school property are followed.
A proprietor includes the owner, operator or person in charge.
Every proprietor and employer of a school must:
An individual who violates the prohibition on smoking and vaping in schools or on and around school grounds may be charged and if convicted, face a maximum fine of $1,000 (for a first offence) or $5,000 (for any further offence).
An employer or proprietor of a school that fails to fulfill their responsibility under the law may be charged with an offence and if convicted, could face a maximum fine:
For individuals: $2,000 (for a first offence); $5,000 (for a second offence); $10,000 (for a third offence); $50,000 (four or more offences).
For corporations: $5,000 (for a first offence); $10,000 (for a second offence); $25,000 (for a third offence); $75,000 (four or more offences).
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