It’s the Law: Smoke-free Outdoor Spaces

June 3, 2015

Huron County, ON – You can expect less second-hand smoke at local playgrounds, special events and publicly owned sports fields this summer thanks to the Smoke Free Ontario Act.

Changes to the Act came into effect on January 1, 2015. Among other Act changes, it is now illegal:

  • to smoke on or within 20 metres of children’s playgrounds
  • to smoke on or within 20 metres of publicly owned sport fields and surfaces. This includes areas for basketball, baseball, soccer or beach volleyball, ice rinks, tennis courts, splash pads and swimming pools.
  • to smoke in any area where food or drinks are served or sold or offered for consumption.

“Non-smoking signs have been provided to the municipalities,” says Patrick Landry, Public Health Inspector. “These signs should be posted at your local public sports field or playground letting you know that these are now non-smoking spaces.”

If you have questions about the signs or about these changes to the Act, contact the Health Unit.

Second-hand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, about 50 of which are known to cause cancer. There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke.


For more information contact:

Our media contact is: Rita Marshall, Communications Coordinator, Huron County Health Unit, 519.482.3416 or toll-free 1.877.837.6143 ext. 2023 or

Our spokesperson is: Patrick Landry, Public Health Inspector. Our media contact will connect you to our spokesperson on this topic.


For more information contact:

Susan Cronin, County Clerk
519.524.8394 (ext 3257)