CFN – With Ontario passing a new smoking law as of January 1, 2015 area smokers are flaming on social media.
The most common complaint is that it will hurt business; but this is usually stated by smokers themselves.
The new law makes it illegal to smoke on commercial patios and near playgrounds, hockey rinks and outdoor areas.
The fines are $250 per pop; but with the scheduling of January 1st most patios won’t be hit until after Winter. The policy also allows for warning tickets to be issued.
The province sites over 13,000 tobacco related deaths per year and $2.2 B spent on tobacco related healthcare.
Cornwall Music Promoter Jeff Brunet (a smoker himself) said:
“As far as I’m concerned the government isn’t considering the economic impact on venues never mind doing any of the research.
The damage this law will do on top of other red tape will be profound.
It will be the last nail in many venues coffins. I hope the hospitality industry stands up to this brutality and repeals the law. Let the venues decide if smoking will be allowed outside on their PRIVATE property and customers can make their own choices accordingly.”
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From the Province:
Ontario Further Protecting Children and Youth from Smoking
Ontario is taking action to protect children and youth from the harmful effects of smoking.
Starting January 1, 2015, it will be illegal to:
These changes to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act are part of the government’s plan to limit smoking in public places, reduce exposure to smoking and make it more difficult for young people to buy tobacco.
Promoting a smoke-free Ontario is part of the government’s four-part economic plan to build Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
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