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Changes Coming to Smoke Free Ontario Act

Proposed changes to Ontario’s tobacco and e-cigarette legislation are good news for the Ontario Lung Association.

Yesterday, Ontario’s Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care called for feedback on proposed amendments to the Smoke Free Ontario Act and to regulations under the Electronic Cigarettes Act.

The proposed changes include expanding no-smoking rules so they apply to medical marijuana and prohibit the use of e-cigarettes in areas where smoking tobacco is banned.

Vice-president of provincial programs with the Ontario Lung Association Andrea Stevens Lavigne says right now that’s now the case.

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Other changes would include an expanded list of where selling e-cigarettes is banned, set rules for the display and promotion of e-cigarettes, and prohibit the testing of e-cigarettes in places where they are sold.

The Porcupine Health Unit will be responsible for enforcing the new rules.

Story by: James King

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