Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Proposed Regulation Under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 1994 and the Electronic Cigarettes Act, 2015

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses, nurse practitioners and nursing students in Ontario. RNAO has voiced support for the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA) in the past and continues to support the government's efforts to strengthen tobacco control initiatives. RNAO welcomes this opportunity to provide feedback regarding proposed changes to Regulation 48/06 under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA), as well as regulations under the Electronic Cigarettes Act, 2015 (ECA).

RNAO is delighted with, and supports the Ontario government's efforts to strengthen healthy public policy in Ontario. We applaud the provincial government for passing Bill 45, the Making Healthier Choices Act, 2015, and we urge you to consider implementing the above regulatory changes. We believe these practical and achievable measures are in the best interest of Ontarians, and will continue to move us towards our shared vision of a tobacco-free Ontario. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to present our views. We look forward to ongoing collaboration on this important issue.

Summary of Recommendations

  1. Expand the proposed regulation prohibiting the sale of flavoured tobacco in Ontario to include all flavoured tobacco products (no exemptions) and to be effective immediately.
  2. Proceed with the proposed amendments to Regulation 48/06 regarding the prohibition of smoking on the outdoor grounds of hospitals and psychiatric facilities, as well as certain provincial government buildings. Revoke the authority for these facilities to provide a "designated smoking area", effective immediately.
  3. Proceed with the proposed changes to the wording of signs that must be posted in locations where tobacco sales violations have taken place.
  4. Proceed with the proposed regulations that prohibit the selling and supplying of e-cigarettes to minors, as well as the size and format of signs that must be posted where e-cigarettes are sold.
  5. Prohibit e-cigarette use wherever tobacco use is prohibited. We support the prohibited use of e-cigarettes in all of the locations laid out in the proposed regulations with the following additions:
    i. Motor vehicles transporting children under 16 years of age
    ii. Outdoor grounds of hospitals and psychiatric facilities; immediately revoke the authority for these facilities to provide a "designated vaping area.
  6. Review regulations under the Electronic Cigarette Act regulary to ensure they reflect up-to-date research evidence.

See the full submission with references below.

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