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Last updated: November 12th 2019

Smoke Free Status of Outdoor Places

Does the law require any outdoor or quasi-outdoor spaces to be smoke free or restrict smoking in any way? Examples of such places include within a specified distance of doorways, outdoor patios of bars or restaurants, parks/beaches, outdoor stadiums, and outdoor markets.
Yes
 

Within a specified distance of doorways, windows, or air intake of building

Analysis

Most provinces and territories prohibit smoking within s specified distance of doorways, windows, or air intake of buildings.

School grounds

Analysis

Some provinces and territories prohibit smoking on elementary and secondary school grounds.

Patios (or partially enclosed patios)

Analysis

Some sub-national jurisdictions prohibit smoking on open-air patios and others prohibit smoking on partially enclosed patios at restaurants and bars.

Reserved seating area of outdoor sports arenas and entertainment venues

Analysis

At least two sub-national jurisdictions (Ontario and New Brunswick) prohibit smoking in reserved seating areas of outdoor sports arenas and entertainment venues. Some municipalities have banned smoking in seating areas of outdoor stadiums (whether reserved seats or not).

Other

Analysis

A growing number of municipalities are banning smoking outdoors at municipal parks, children’s playgrounds, sports fields, and beaches.

Some municipalities have banned smoking in other outdoor areas. Examples include bus stops; trails or paths on municipal property; events on municipal property; within a perimeter (e.g., 6 meters) of restaurant and bar patios.

Outdoor bus shelter

Analysis

Most provinces and territories prohibit smoking at outdoor bus shelters.