Evaluation of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act Outdoor Smoking Regulations


Jolene Dubray, Tracey Borland, Michael Chaiton, Robert Schwartz


March 2017

Type of Report

Special Report


Since 2015, OTRU has been conducting an ongoing formative evaluation to assess the implementation and impact of the outdoor Smoke-Free Ontario Act smoking regulations. This report presents findings from data collected in 2016-2017 and includes a summary of public education efforts, compliance, self-reported smoking behaviour and secondhand smoke exposure in public venues affected by the regulations, successes, challenges, unintended consequences and enforcement staff suggestions for improvement.