Smoking, Vaping & Tobacco

In Ontario, 4 out of 5 people are non-smokers. The Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU) wants to make that 5 out of 5. Our role is to support and develop local programs to decrease the harmful effects of smoking, vaping and commercial tobacco.

We do that through a variety of approaches, including:

  • Quit Smoking and Tobacco counselling
  • Workshops and education
  • Enforcement of the Smoke Free Ontario Act (SFOA) and the Electronic Cigarette Act (ECA)
  • Vendor training
  • Supporting prevention strategies to ensure young people don’t start smoking
  • Providing information about tobacco use to the general public


Quit Smoking Services

Ready to quit? We can help people who smoke or use other forms of tobacco. For more information, please visit our Quit Smoking Resources.


Enforcement and Education

Ensuring that provincial tobacco and electronic cigarette (vaping) laws are followed is an important part of helping all of us lead healthier lives. The TBDHU conducts ongoing inspections to make sure the Smoke-Free Ontario Act is followed in enclosed workplaces/public places and smoke-free outdoor spaces. Inspections are also done at places where tobacco/e-cigarettes are sold to keep them out of the hands of our youth.

Our goal is to ensure vendors comply with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act/Electronic Cigarette Act through education and regular inspections.

Our services are designed to seek compliance through education. This is done by working with tobacco vendors, vendors of related products and workplace managers and supervisors by providing information and support to help them fulfil their obligations under the Act.

The TBDHU Tobacco Enforcement Unit can be contacted through calling (807) 625-5900.

Learn more about the Smoke-Free Ontario Act or read our Smoke-Free Ontario FAQs.

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Youth & Young Adult Partnerships

The TBDHU supports youth and young adults to reduce smoking rates as well as decrease the use of alternative tobacco products like chew and vapes, in many ways by:

  • Helping groups and community organizations to plan programs and activities through Tobacco Reduction in Youth Partnerships (TRYPs) (Scroll down to Smoking, Vaping & Tobacco section).
  • Providing workshops for youth/young adults or for those who work with youth/young adults focused on a variety of tobacco products.
  • Supporting the development of smoke-free/commercial tobacco-free policies in places where youth spend time.

To learn about upcoming workshops, visit our Clinics, Classes and Events calendar and filter by category "Smoking, Vaping & Tobacco".

For more information, please contact the TBDHU Youth Engagement Facilitator at (807) 625-5900


Smoke-Free Spaces

Public demand for smoke-free spaces is growing. The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which regulates smoking throughout the province, is constantly adapting to meet this demand. To find out the latest changes to the Act or for more information, please visit the Smoke-Free Ontario Act or read our Smoke-Free Ontario FAQs page.

Communities in the District of Thunder Bay also have their own by-laws regulating smoking. If you have any questions, please check with your municipality directly.


Electronic Cigarettes (e-Cigarettes)

As of January 1, 2016, the Electronic Cigarette Act came into law in Ontario. Currently, this Act prohibits the sale of electronic cigarettes to persons under the age of 19. When fully implemented, the ECA will mirror the SFOA and will prohibit vaping in places where smoking is not allowed.

Vendors in the District of Thunder Bay with questions or concerns can contact the TBDHU Tobacco Enforcement Unit at (807) 625-5900 for more information.


Indigenous Peoples and Traditional Tobacco Use

Despite the prohibition from smoking in an enclosed workplace or enclosed public place, an Aboriginal person has the right to use tobacco if it is being used for traditional Aboriginal cultural or spiritual purposes. Aboriginal residents of hospitals (public and private), long-term care homes and psychiatric facilities have a right to request an indoor area to use tobacco for traditional, cultural, or spiritual purposes.



For Further Information

Call the Tobacco Control Program: (807) 625-5900

STOP on the Road: (807) 625-8340

toll free: 1-888-294-6630

Smokers’ Helpline: 1-877-513-5333

Last Updated: 25/07/2017