It is now illegal to smoke in a vehicle while carrying passengers under the age of 16. It is simply illegal to smoke in a vehicle – either as a passenger or driver – where there are children under the age of 16 present. You will be faced with a fine for each offence of $250 CDN. It is still waiting royal assent before becoming law.
Ontario is the third province to adopt this legislature in Canada, after Nova Scotia and British Columbia.
So here are some quick facts one should know about this ban:
- Any person – driver or passenger – in the motor vehicle, who is smoking while someone else under the age of 16 is present, is committing an offence. The person holding lighted tobacco would be subject to a fine.
- Every person who fails to comply with the new law is guilty of an offence and subject to a set fine of $250.
- The law applies to both moving and stationary vehicles and applies to all motor vehicles, regardless of whether any window, sunroof, rooftop, door, or other feature of the vehicle is open.
And while I’m not necessarily sold on the idea of banning Power Walls (of which I wrote about here) – displays of cigarette to be now hidden but the power walls of junk food and candy bars aren’t… – I am very pleased that this law is in effect, making parents a little more conscious of their actions. Children did not ask to be exposed to cigarette smoke and its harmful effects, therefore, I believe a law such as this that protects them – is necessary. I would love to see a ban on all cigarettes.PERIOD. – however, it is infringing on personal choices and freedoms … and well, I am not a fan of that.