Smoke-Free Homes, Buildings and Cars
How can I make my home smoke-free?
- Sit down with everyone living in your home and talk about ways to make your home smoke-free.
- Remove all ashtrays from your home.
- Make an outdoor smoking area.
- Display a “smoke-free home” decal on your door.
- When asking a smoker to take it outside, be polite but firm.
- Thank everyone for respecting your smoke-free home.
Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing
The majority of Ontario residents do not smoke in their homes and prefer smoke-free environments. To respond to this demand, Ontario landlords and housing providers are offering more smoke-free options for residents.
Having smoke-free housing benefits both the tenant and the property owner, including cleaner air for residents and lower turnover cost for the landlord.
Smoking is the number one cause of fatal fires in Ontario. Removing the hazard of smoking in apartments and other multi-unit housing makes buildings a safer place for residents and staff.
- If you are a landlord/property owner and you want to implement a smoke-free policy, please call 519-376-9420 ext. 1408 for more information and/or assistance with policy implementation.
- For more information on the benefits of smoke-free rental buildings, for both the tenant and property owner, visit the Smoke-Free Housing Ontario. The Smoke-Free Housing Directory contains a list of smoke-free rental buildings in Grey Bruce and across Ontario.
How can I make my vehicle smoke-free?
It is against the law for any person – driver or passenger – to smoke in a vehicle where there are passengers under the age of 16 years old. The person holding the lighted tobacco would be subject to a fine of up to $250. The law applies to moving and stationary vehicles and to motor vehicles, regardless of whether any window, sunroof, door or other feature is open.
There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, and smoking in vehicles can be up to 27 times more concentrated than in a smoker’s home, because the area is enclosed and smaller.
Ways to make your vehicle smoke-free:
- Post a smoke-free car decal on your window to let people know your vehicle is smoke-free.
- Offer to stop for cigarette breaks if any of your passengers smoke.
- If you smoke, keep a warm jacket and umbrella in the vehicle for times when it is cold and raining.
- If you are going on a long trip, schedule stops for cigarette breaks, or time your cigarette breaks with stops for meals or gas.
- Replace smoking with an alternative such as drinking water, chewing gum or singing along with music.
- If you are traveling with children, stop and turn off the car, step outside, and stand where you have a clear view of them.
- Opening a window or smoking in a vehicle when you are alone presents serious health risks to you and your passengers. The best solution is a smoke-free vehicle.
Thank everyone for respecting your smoke-free veh