Evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act Outdoor Smoking Regulations

Evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act Outdoor Smoking Regulations
Authors

Jolene Dubray, Alexa Minichiello, Robert Schwartz

Date

March 2016

Type of Report

Knowledge and Evaluation Support Newsletter

In collaboration with public health units, OTRU conducted an evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act outdoor smoking regulations that banned smoking on restaurant/bar patios, playgrounds and sports fields effective January 1, 2015. Findings suggest that smoking behaviour and exposure to secondhand smoke decreased within the first year of implementation at all affected venues. Compliance was perceived to be moderate to high with variations observed by type of outdoor venue.

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