Tobacco Sales & Display in Stores

On May 31, 2006 the Smoke-Free Ontario Act:

  • Makes it against the law to buy, sell or give a person under 19 any tobacco products
  • Does not allow stores to have tobacco products where the public can see them
  • Requires signs in the locations affected by this law

On January 1, 2016 the Smoke-Free Ontario Act

  • Makes it against the law to sell flavoured tobacco products, with the exception of menthol flavoured tobacco products, clove flavoured cigarettes, cigars with wine/port/whiskey/rum flavour or flavoured pipe tobacco

On January 1, 2016 the Electronic Cigarettes Act

  • Makes it against the law to buy, sell or give a person under 19 an electronic cigarette
  • Requires signs in the locations affected by this law

Enforcement

Tobacco enforcement officers inspect places that sell tobacco in Hamilton.  They also investigate complaints about these places.  A ticket and fine are given to people or places that do not obey the law.  Fines start at $250.

Report a store selling tobacco or e-cigarettes to youth under age 19

If you have questions about the law or you want to report a store for selling tobacco or electronic cigarettes to youth under age 19:

You should include the following in your report:

  • Your name and phone number
  • The date and time of the incident
  • Description of what occurred
  • Name and address of business where smoking occurred, if possible