Tobacco

People start smoking for a variety of reasons: peer pressure, stress relief – but when it is time to quit, most smokers need support. Tobacco smoking is one of the most difficult addictions to confront. Thankfully, there are a number of resources available for smokers looking to switch to a healthier lifestyle.

 

The Province of Ontario has amended the Smoke-free Ontario Act. These amendments strengthen the restrictions on youth access to flavoured and high nicotine vape products to protect youth under 19 years of age, from the harms associated with vaping.

The new amendments which come into effect July 1, 2020 include:

  • Restricting the sale of flavoured vapour products to specialty vapour stores and licensed cannabis retail stores. Other retail stores can only sell tobacco, menthol, and mint flavoured vapour products;
  •  Restricting the sale of vapour products with high nicotine concentrations (greater than 20 mg/ml) to specialty vapour stores;
  • Specialty vapour stores will no longer be permitted to have indoor displays and promotions that are visible from outside their stores.

For more information on Smoke Free Ontario Act regulations on selling and displaying vapour products see the link below

www.ontario.ca/page/rules-selling-tobacco-and-vapour-products#section-0

As of January 1, 2016, it is illegal to sell and supply electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and component parts (e.g. battery, atomizer) to anyone under 19 years of age.

Retailers are required to post signs about the new rules, and must ask for ID from anyone who looks like they are under the age of 25.

For more information about the Electronic Cigarette Act and how it relates to you, call 519-753-4937 ext. 470 or e-mail us at tobacco@bchu.org.

As part of comprehensive tobacco control, there is a section that includes Enforcement of the Smoke Free Ontario Act. This is a law that protects the health of Ontarians by prohibiting smoking in all enclosed workplaces and enclosed public places. The law is enforced by Tobacco Enforcement Officers who conduct routine inspections to ensure compliance with the law, respond to complaints and lay charges when necessary.

If you have a question or complaint about smoking please call 519-753-4937 ext. 455. All complaints are kept confidential.

If you are a tobacco retailer, please review the Smoke-Free Ontario Act Guide for Retailers.

We offer quit smoking presentations to groups who are interested in learning about: the process of quitting smoking, addiction, ways to quit smoking, and available community resources.  To request a group presentation email tobacco@bchu.org or call 519-753-4937 ext. 455.

For additional smoking cessation supports, please review the programs and resources listed below.

Need Help Quitting Smoking or Vaping- Fact Sheet for Teens

Need Help Quitting Smoking or Vaping- Fact Sheet for Adults

STOP on the Net

STOP on the Net is an online program from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) designed to help adults 18 years of age and older quit smoking.

You can receive free nicotine patches and gum/lozenges mailed right to your door. Enough medication for 8 weeks of treatment.

To learn more about the program and enroll, please visit: Join STOP on the Net | Nicotine Dependence Services

Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation (OMSC) Community Program

The OMSC is a community program that provides smoking cessation treatment and supports to patients in Ontario.

The program includes a telephone consultation, enrollment in an NRT voucher programs, 6 weeks of NRT in the mail, and a 6 month follow up consultation.  In order to qualify for this program you must be 18 years of age or older and have a phone number or an email address.  To register for the program, call 1-888-645-5405 and leave your contact information on the voicemail.

Smokers’ Helpline

This program provides free personalized smoking cessation information and advice. The online program offers self-help tools, discussion forums, inspirational emails, and an active Quit Buddy community.

You can connect with the Smokers’ Helpline online and/or by texting the word iQuit to the number 123456

Charges are posted here within two weeks of conviction and remain posted for five years, per the Tobacco Protocol, 2018 from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

​Premises Name and Address ​Date of Offense
Date of Conviction
​Type of Offence ​Eligible Towards Automatic Prohibition (AP)
​Euro Convenience
72 Charing Cross Street
​April 27, 2019

May 06, 2019

​Sell tobacco to a person less than 19 years of age.  Smoke Free Ontario Act 3(1)
​Circle K
121 Colborne Street West
​November 11, 2019

November 27, 2019

​Sell tobacco to a person less than 19 years of age.  Smoke Free Ontario Act 3(1)
​Pioneer On The Run
1337 Colborne Street West
​November 11, 2019

November 25, 2019

​Sell tobacco to a person less than 19 years of age.  Smoke Free Ontario Act 3(1)
​Pioneer On The Run
1337 Colborne Street West
​November 23, 2019

December 17, 2019

​Sell tobacco to a person less than 19 years of age.  Smoke Free Ontario Act 3(1)
​Total Convenience
63 Brant Ave
​January 19, 2020

February 11, 2020

​Sell tobacco to a person less than 19 years of age.  Smoke Free Ontario Act 3(1)

To request information, call:

E-Cigarette and Tobacco Charges
519-753-4937 ext. 455

Charges are posted here within two weeks of conviction and remain posted for two years, per the Electronic Cigarettes Protocol, 2018 from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

​Premises Name and Address

​Date of Conviction

Type of Offence

​none at this time

To request information, call:

E-Cigarette and Tobacco Charges
519-753-4937 ext. 455

Effects of Using Tobacco

Quitting Smoking (Smoking Cessation)

Second-hand Smoke

Smoke-Free Ontario

Smoking and Pregnancy

Tobacco Industry Denormalization (TID)

TID – Campaigns (Ontario)

TID – Online Information

Tobacco Use

Treatment Options

Youth Engagement Resources

Resources

To order quit smoking resources, please call us at 519-753-4937 ext. 455.