People can use e-cigarettes in public places without fear of the smoking police according to Ontario’s health ministry. While the province doesn’t have any restrictions on e-cigarettes until new legislation comes into effect in 2016, some companies are using the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which governs the lighting up of regular smokes, to prohibit vaping on their properties. “The act doesn’t apply to e-cigarettes” health ministry spokesman David Jensen said. “The new Electronic Cigarettes Act (under the Making Healthier Choices Act) will apply to e-cigarettes.”
However, in addition to the position that some companies are taking, there’s also a misconception when it comes to bans in some restaurants. Rules for smoking e-cigarettes inside restaurants and on patios vary by establishment, with many owners pointing to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act to back up their prohibitions. Air Canada said it doesn’t allow the use of e-cigarettes on their planes. Customers aren’t allowed to pack the devices in their checked luggage, but can put them in carry-on bags, provided they’re not turned on. Ontario’s health ministry will be responsible for enforcing age-based sales restrictions of e-cigarettes to anyone under 19 beginning Jan 1st.
Adults will also not be permitted to use e-cigarettes anywhere where smoking is prohibited, although an enforcement date has yet to be set. Jan 1st 2017, the province will implement remaining restrictions on display, promotion, and use of e-cigarettes. The inspectors are public health unit employees who will enforce the Electric Cigarettes Act. But the province is also betting on “a high level of voluntary compliance” based on its experience enforcing the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, favouring education and warnings prior to laying charges. The maximum fines for e-cigarette violations will range from $250 to $100,000 for individuals and from $2,000 to $300,000 for a corporation, depending on the type of offence and number of prior convictions. The same amounts that exist in the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. View full article