Signs for Stores and Public Places

Since May 31, 2008, there have been restrictions on how tobacco products can be displayed, handled and promoted in a retail store. These rules need to be reviewed carefully.

For information on acquiring signs, please contact your local public health unit. Click here to find the public health unit in your area.

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Tobacco Age Restriction and Health Warning

Referenced in regulation October 1, 2015

Age Restriction and Health Warning signRetailers must post Age Restriction and Health Warning signs at any location where tobacco is sold or supplied in a place where the sign is clearly visible to the person who sells or supplies the tobacco and to the person to whom the tobacco is sold or supplied.

The sign must be 18 centimetres in height and 35 centimetres in width and be a copy of the sign shown here:

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Tobacco Identification

Referenced in regulation October 1, 2015

Government I.D. required signRetailers must post an Identification sign at any location where tobacco is sold or supplied.  Signs must be posted in a place where the sign is clearly visible to the person who sells or supplies the tobacco and to the person to whom the tobacco is sold or supplied.

The sign must be 9 centimetres in height and 18 centimetres in width and be a copy of the sign shown here:

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Smoke-Free Areas

Tobacco Sign for Employers and Proprietors

Referenced in regulation October 1, 2015

No Smoking signEmployers and proprietors must place No Smoking sign at each entrance and exit of enclosed workplaces, enclosed public places and other areas where the smoking of tobacco is prohibited in appropriate locations, and in sufficient numbers to ensure that employees and the public are aware that no smoking is permitted in the place or area.

The sign must:

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Controlled Smoking Areas (CSAs) in Residential Care Facilities, Designated Veterans Facilities and Psychiatric Facilities

Referenced in regulation October 1, 2015

No Smoking signIf a controlled smoking area in a residential care facility, designated veterans facility or psychiatric facility is set aside for the purpose of smoking, the proprietor of the facility and the employer of the workers in the facility must post You Have To Live Here To Smoke Here signs outside the entrance to the controlled smoking area.

The signs must be 10 centimetres in height and 10 centimetres in width and be a copy of the shown here:

In addition, the proprietor of the facility and the employer of the workers in the facility must post, outside any entrance to the controlled smoking area, a sign indicating the maximum permitted occupancy of the controlled smoking area.

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Tobacco Sign for Hotels, Motels and Inns

Referenced in regulation October 1, 2015

No Smoking signEmployers and proprietors must place a No Smoking sign in every guest room that has not been designated as a smoking room and in every washroom associated with the guest room.

The sign must:

  • be at least 10 centimetres in height and at least 10 centimetres in width;
  • have a graphic of the international no smoking symbol with a white background; and
  • have the Trillium and Smoke-Free Ontario logos shown on the sign shown here:

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Automatic Prohibition

Section 16 of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act imposes mandatory penalties on tobacco retail locations where tobacco sales offences have repeatedly taken place.  These mandatory penalties (known as "automatic prohibitions") prohibit any person from selling or storing tobacco in the location where the tobacco sales offences were committed.  The length of the automatic prohibition is six, nine or twelve months, depending on the number of tobacco sales offence convictions that occur within a five year period.
The owner or occupant of the tobacco retail location that is subject to an automatic prohibition is required to post signs at the entrance and at every location where tobacco was sold or supplied immediately before the day the prohibition came into effect.

Automatic Prohibition caused by tobacco sales to minors

Referenced in regulation October 1, 2015

Automatic Prohibition caused by tobacco sales to minors signThe owner or occupier of a retail location that is subject to an automatic prohibition due to the sale of tobacco to minors, contrary to section 3(1) or 3(2) of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, must post two signs at the location. One sign should be posted on/at the entryway, and the other sign should be posted where tobacco was previously sold (generally behind the clerk, or otherwise at the point of sale).

The signs shall be 18 centimetres in height and 35 centimetres in width and be a copy of the sign shown here:

Automatic Prohibition caused by other tobacco sales offences

Referenced in regulation October 1, 2015

Automatic Prohibition caused by other tobacco sales offences signThe owner or occupier of a retail location that is subject to an automatic prohibition due to the commission of other tobacco sales offences at the location (i.e. violations of sections 5, 6, 7, or subsection 16(4) of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, or sections 8 or 29 of the Tobacco Tax Act) must post two signs at the location.  One sign should be posted on/at the entryway, and the other sign should be posted where tobacco was previously sold (generally behind the clerk, or otherwise at the point of sale).

The signs shall be 18 centimetres in height and 35 centimetres in width and be a copy of the sign shown here: