Tobacco, Vaping, Cannabis and Waterpipe Laws
Niagara's Waterpipe By-law
Starting on Jan. 1, 2023, waterpipe smoking (tobacco and herbal) will not be allowed in various public places in Niagara.
By-law 2022-35 was approved following public consultation and approval from regional and municipal councils.
Tobacco control officers will use a progressive enforcement model to educate residents and business owners before progressing to warnings and charges.
Niagara's Smoke and Vape-Free Outdoor Spaces By-law
Niagara Region updated the
Smoke and Vape-Free Outdoor Spaces By-law to protect children and vulnerable persons from exposure to second-hand smoke and vapour. The updated by-law prohibits the use of tobacco, cannabis and vaping products from being smoked or vaped in public spaces in Niagara.
Smoking tobacco, cannabis and using an electronic cigarette (vaping) is prohibited on beaches and recreational trails that are maintained through the municipalities.
Smoke-Free Ontario Act
Public places where it's prohibited to smoke tobacco, cannabis and use an electronic cigarette (vape)
Smoke-Free Ontario Act 2017:
All enclosed public places and workplaces in Ontario including bars and restaurants, places of work and workplace vehicles
Restaurant and bar patios, and within nine metres of these patios
Indoor common areas in condos, apartment buildings and university / college residences
Non-designated guest rooms in hotels, motels and inns
Schools, on school grounds, and all public areas within 20 metres of these grounds
Children's playgrounds and public areas within 20 metres of playgrounds
Child care centres, in places where home child care is provided, or where an early years program is provided
Nine metres from the entrance or exit of hospitals (public / private), psychiatric facilities, long-term care homes, independent health facilities
Outdoor grounds of hospitals (public / private) and psychiatric facilities
Publicly-owned sports fields, nearby spectator areas and public areas within 20 metres of these areas
Reserved seating areas at outdoor sports and entertainment locations
Grounds of community recreational facilities, and public areas within 20 metres of those grounds
Sheltered outdoor areas with a roof and more than two walls which the public or employees frequent, or are invited to (such as a bus shelter)
Rules for selling vaping products
The sale of flavoured vapour products is restricted to specialty vape stores and licensed cannabis retail stores. Other retail stores can only sell tobacco, menthol and mint flavoured vapour products.
Specialty vape stores are no longer permitted to have indoor displays and promotions that are visible from outside their stores
The sale of vapour products with high nicotine concentrations (greater than 20 milligrams per millilitre) is prohibited in all retail establishments
Additional highlights to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act
No smoking or using an electronic cigarette when a person under 16 is also in the motor vehicle
All components of electronic cigarettes are prohibited to be sold to those under 19 years of age, including e-juice
Smoking tobacco, cannabis and using an electronic cigarette (vaping) is allowed on sidewalks, parking lots, roads and rights-of-ways.
The Province of Ontario has
more information on where you can't smoke or vape.
For more information or to report a complaint, contact the
tobacco hotline at 905-688-8248 or 1-888-505-6074 ext. 7393