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Ontario to ban smoking on restaurant and bar patios, playgrounds, sports’ fields


 

TORONTO – The Ontario government plans to amend legislation to ban smoking on all restaurant and bar patios as well as at playgrounds and sports fields.

Health Minister Deb Matthews says restaurant and bar owners know that the majority of people don’t want to be exposed to second-hand smoke on patios.

Matthews says most people are like her _ they enjoy sitting on a patio but don’t like being surrounded by smoke.

She says Ontario will also double the fine for stores that sell cigarettes to minors, and will follow Alberta’s lead and introduce legislation to ban all sales of candy-and-fruit-flavoured tobacco products.

The Ontario bill would extend the current prohibition on selling flavoured tobacco cigarillos and chewing tobacco to youth to a total sales ban, although there would be an exemption for menthol cigarettes which Matthews says are preferred by adults.

The Ontario government believes many youth start smoking with cigarillos that taste like chocolate or strawberry.

The proposed legislation would also ban other flavoured products such as twist sticks, dissolvable strips and lozenges if they contain tobacco, but not if they have only nicotine without tobacco.

The Canadian Cancer Society warns the lozenges, which look like candies and come in colourful packages, contain three times as much nicotine as a smoked cigarette.

Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne announced last week his government would adopt a private member’s bill aimed at stopping the sale of flavoured tobacco to everyone, not just to minors.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation said companies were targeting youth with flavours like “grapes gone wild,” “appletini,” or “cherry vanilla,” and warned parents “have to be very concerned with the ability of the industry to adapt and change and work around legislation.”


 
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Ontario to ban smoking on restaurant and bar patios, playgrounds, sports’ fields

  1. That’s nice. Where’s your story about the OPP visiting Wynne’s office today?

  2. Cancer causing particulate spewing diesels however will still be allowed to poison the very same air on patios and in playgrounds.

  3. I find it
    interesting, Liberals such as Justin Trudeau trying to legalize marijuana to
    the general public, I mean really an illegal drug made illegal for almost a
    century and now tries to legalize it.
    Back to the point, cigarettes a decade ago were banned from indoors,
    which I understand, but now they try to take away patios from smokers as well. It only would make sense that marijuana tokers
    would be legally allowed to smoke indoors at ‘vapor lounges’, incredible really
    an illegal being smoked indoors, as well as paraphernalia being rented out at
    the front counter. Patios were
    introduced to compensate for smokers, but all the fake coughs and complains
    about the scent of cigarettes are leading to the abolishment of the only thing
    smokers had left. I understand it’s a bad
    habit, but its in peoples heritage, smoking doesn’t mean you have low IQ or are
    uneducated, that is simply a portrayal of ones who are against it. The action toward smoker is actually
    appalling, the portrayal of them, the discrimination, and the segmentation
    against them, society has made them feel
    like criminals. If it’s such a bad habit
    then the government should ban it, but what’s stopping them, oh right, the 80%
    tax revenues off of every pack of cigarettes they receive. As well for all you ‘pot smoking’ liberals out
    their just remember marijuana contain 50% more tar than cigarettes and 20% more
    carcinogens, as well as causing paranoia, schizophrenia, and anxiety. As well if the government wants to go through
    with this ban then I would like to see other actions taken towards such issues
    as marijuana and alcohol, such as putting a stop to these vapor lounges.

  4. I find it
    interesting, Liberals such as Justin Trudeau trying to legalize marijuana to
    the general public, I mean really an illegal drug made illegal for almost a
    century and now tries to legalize it.
    Back to the point, cigarettes a decade ago were banned from indoors,
    which I understand, but now they try to take away patios from smokers as well. It only would make sense that marijuana tokers
    would be legally allowed to smoke indoors at ‘vapor lounges’, incredible really
    an illegal being smoked indoors, as well as paraphernalia being rented out at
    the front counter. Patios were
    introduced to compensate for smokers, but all the fake coughs and complains
    about the scent of cigarettes are leading to the abolishment of the only thing
    smokers had left. I understand it’s a bad
    habit, but its in peoples heritage, smoking doesn’t mean you have low IQ or are
    uneducated, that is simply a portrayal of ones who are against it. The action toward smoker is actually
    appalling, the portrayal of them, the discrimination, and the segmentation
    against them, society has made them feel
    like criminals. If it’s such a bad habit
    then the government should ban it, but what’s stopping them, oh right, the 80%
    tax revenues off of every pack of cigarettes they receive. As well for all you ‘pot smoking’ liberals out
    their just remember marijuana contain 50% more tar than cigarettes and 20% more
    carcinogens, as well as causing paranoia, schizophrenia, and anxiety. As well if the government wants to go through
    with this ban then I would like to see other actions taken towards such issues
    as marijuana and alcohol, such as putting a stop to these vapor lounges.

  5. Ill make Wynne a deal. The day the police come to her office to investigate the billions stolen from the gas plant scandal is the day where I will allow law enforcement to tell me where I am allowed to smoke.

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