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May 31, 2018
Every year on May 31, the World Health Organization and partners mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.
On this World No Tobacco Day, London Health Sciences Centre would like to remind all staff, physicians, patients, visitors and volunteers we are a smoke-free facility per the Smoke Free Ontario Act, and anyone wishing to smoke must move off hospital property to do so.
The Smoke-Free Ontario Act makes it illegal to smoke in a number of defined outdoor and public spaces, including all hospitals. LHSC first implemented a smoke-free policy more than two years ago, in advance of this coming legislation.
In Ontario, smoking is now prohibited throughout all hospital property including all outdoor space such as entrances and exits, in parking garages, parking lots, roadways, bus shelters and green space.
The final implementation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act means that charged offences and fines will replace reminders and warnings. The typical fine for a first time offence is $305, though the law does allow for a maximum fine of $1,000. For repeat offenders, fines can increase up to a maximum of $5,000.
Enforcement of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act is completed by Tobacco Enforcement Officers of the local public health units. These officers will be conducting random inspections to ensure compliance with the law, respond to complaints about offences, and lay charges when necessary.