What to know about new Ontario’s new anti-vaping laws
Toronto’s new law prohibiting vaping in restaurants and bars is set to go into effect on March 31.
But how exactly is vaping banned?
Vaping isn’t permitted in restaurants, bars and workplaces in the province, and there are no restrictions on the number of cigarettes that can be consumed.
But the new law includes a provision that makes it illegal to smoke in the presence of children under 14.
Here’s what you need to know: WHAT ARE THE VEGETABLES IN THE NEW LAW?
There are currently seven licensed vaping shops in the city, and the province plans to open up three more by 2021.
Vaping is already legal in Ontario, with the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) issuing permits to vape shops for the first time in 2018.
A few other provinces have been allowing e-cigarettes in bars and restaurants, but the province doesn’t currently have a specific ban on vaping in workplaces.
The LCBO is also the only authority that regulates e-cigarette use in public places, and it’s been tasked with regulating the industry since its inception in 2013.
WHAT ARE WE GOING TO BE SEEING AT VEGETS?
E-cigarettes are still banned in public venues.
In 2018, the LCBO issued permits to a number of vape shops, but not until 2019 did it issue any rules that actually applied to vaping.
At that time, the law was still evolving and was not clear on how many shops could legally be licensed.
As of 2019, the province says that it is open to considering the application of new laws, and that it’s planning to consider whether to allow vaping in bars, restaurants and workplaces.
In other words, this is a grey area for the LCBE.
WHERE CAN I VAPE IN PUBLIC PLACE?
There is no limit on the amount of e-liquid that can legally be consumed in public, but it’s recommended that customers avoid inhaling.
In order to legally consume e-juice in public or on a public street, a person must apply for a permit.
If the LCB grants a permit, the company must keep a record of who can use the vaping facility and who cannot.
If a permit is granted, the person can smoke in public and cannot vape in private, or he or she must comply with a smoking ban.
In a letter sent to e-cig manufacturers in December, LCBO Commissioner Jim Watson said that there are some exemptions to the ban, but that the restrictions do not apply to the use of e:cigarettes in public.
“The public can use e-cigs, but they can’t smoke in them,” he wrote.
WHO CAN VAPE?
Anyone who wants to vape in public must have a valid vaping permit, which can be obtained by showing proof of age, showing proof that the person is not currently addicted to nicotine or alcohol, and a clean bill of health.
E-cigarette owners must have their devices inspected regularly by a health officer.
If they are found to be using e-liquids in a public place, they could face fines of up to $1,000.
In addition, if a person is found to have a public vaping permit and is convicted of smoking in public in the next two years, he or She could face up to a year in jail.
VIRTUAL BAGS ARE BACK The province’s regulations are based on the concept of virtual cigarettes, and they limit the number that can go into a vial or vial holder.
That means that vapers can buy e-vaporizers that can carry up to 30 vials or vials.
It’s up to the owner of the vial to ensure that the vials don’t get lost or stolen.
If someone is caught smoking in the public, they will be charged with a criminal offence and face up a fine of up at least $5,000 or up to three years in jail, whichever is higher.
WHAT ABOUT THE PROHIBITION ON BEING A PARTICIPANT IN VEGES?
The province is currently considering a new policy that will extend the prohibition to vaping in all workplaces and bars, but has yet to decide whether that will apply to businesses.
According to Watson, the new policy will not affect vape shops.
WHAT IF I VAPES IN A PUBLIC PLACEMENT?
If you’re not a licensed vape shop, you’re allowed to smoke outside of the establishment, but there are certain rules.
The rules include: no vaping on the front steps of any public building or sidewalk; you can’t use a vape pen in the hall or in the lobby of a business or a public park; and you must keep your vials at least 2 metres away from anyone.
However, the regulations are vague, and some people are saying that if you smoke in a restaurant, a bar or a retail store, you will face fines and criminal charges.
VILLAGES CAN VEGE OUT OF THE PLACE The province has been considering a ban