Re: Minors buying cigarettes.
Smokers in Quebec and Ontario will be spending more time outside as laws that ban smoking in all enclosed public places kicked in at midnight Tuesday.
The Quebec government has vowed to crack down immediately, with inspectors fanning out to check bars, restaurants, bingo halls, shopping centres, and other facilities â€” even tents and churches.
Any business owner who allows illegal smoking will be fined $400 for a first violation of the new law.
Ontario, on the other hand, plans to phase in its legislation gradually. Although its law is also tough â€” banning cigarettes even in enclosed smoking rooms or partially roofed patios â€” the province plans to initially hand out warnings instead of fines to violators.
As well, people in many Ontario municipalities â€” including Ottawa and Toronto â€” have long faced bans on smoking in many public spaces.