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Smoke-free Places Act

Environmental Health Officers provide guidance and information about requirements and responsibilities of the Smoke-free places act and regulations and investigate complaints about environmental health concerns related to smoking

Overview

No smoking is permitted in the following enclosed places:

  • daycare, pre-school
  • school, community college or university [also, no smoking on school grounds]
  • library, art gallery or museum
  • health-care facility
  • cinema or theatre
  • video arcade, pool hall, billiards room
  • recreational facility where the primary activity is physical recreation, including a bowling alley, fitness centre, gymnasium, pool or rink
  • multi-service centre, community centre/hall, arena, fire hall or church hall
  • meeting or conference room or hall, ballroom or conference centre
  • retail shop, boutique, market or store or shopping mall
  • laundromat
  • ferries, ferry station, bus, bus station or shelter, taxi, taxi shelter, limousine or vehicle carrying passengers for hire
  • common area of a commercial building or multi-unit residential building, including but not limited to corridors, lobbies, stairwells, elevators, escalators, escalators, eating areas, washrooms and restrooms
  • restaurants, lounges, beverage rooms, private clubs, cabarets, clubs or other places licensed to serve alcoholic beverages
  • bingos
  • a facility as defined in the Hospitals Act
  • offices of the Yukon government, a municipality, a village or First Nation
  • territorial jail

Vehicles

  • no smoking in vehicles used in the course of employment while carrying two or more employees
  • no smoking in vehicles where there are children under the age of 18 years present

Restaurants

  • no smoking at any time

Beverage rooms & lounges

  • no smoking at any time

Places used for bingo

  • no smoking at any time

Private clubs

  • no smoking at any time

Casinos

  • no smoking at any time

Outdoor eating or drinking area

  • no smoking at any time on patios or any other outdoors eating or drinking area

Nursing home or residential care facility

  • Designated smoking rooms are permitted
  • must be enclosed and separately ventilated
  • only residents are permitted
  • signs must be posted at the entrance

Effective Date

  • In force May 15, 2008

Frequently Asked Questions

The Yukon Smoke-Free Places Act came into effect on May 15, 2008. The Yukon Smoke-Free Places Regulation was developed to address key components of the Act. Below are answers to a number of frequently asked questions about the Smoke-free Places Act.

  1. How does the Smoke-free Places Act affect me?
  2. Does this Act apply to all communities in the Yukon?
  3. Does this Act apply to self-governing First Nations?
  4. Would a 16-year old driving alone and smoking in his/her vehicle be committing an offence according to the new legislation?
  5. I run a hotel (motel or B&B). Can I allow smokers to smoke in their room?
  6. My workplace allows employees to smoke in a room designated for smoking - can staff continue to smoke there?
  7. I am the owner/manager of a building which must be smoke free? What are my responsibilities if someone lights up?
  8. Will there be changes to the display and advertising of tobacco products?
  9. How is the Smoke-free Places Act different from the City of Whitehorse bylaw?

 How does the Smoke-free Places Act affect me?

As of May 15, 2008, all indoor workplaces, commercial vehicles carrying two or more people, and public buildings must be smoke-free. Smoking is not permitted in offices, workshops, restaurants, bars, or community halls, among other buildings throughout the territory. Patios and any other outdoor eating or drinking areas are also smoke-free. There are two exceptions: smoking will be allowed in designated smoking rooms in long-term care facilities and in hotel, motel, and B&B sleeping rooms that have been set aside for smokers. Finally, there is a ban on smoking in private vehicles carrying children under the age of 18 years.

Does this Act apply to all communities in the Yukon?

Yes. The Smoke-free Places Act applies to all Yukon communities.

 Does this Act apply to self-governing First Nations?

Yes. The Smoke-free Places Act applies Yukon-wide

Would a 16-year old driving alone and smoking in his/her vehicle be committing an offence according to the new legislation?

Yes. Under the Act, anyone younger than 18 years is considered a minor regardless of whether or not they are legally allowed to drive.

 I run a hotel (motel or B&B). Can I allow smokers to smoke in their room?

Yes, provided you have designated that room as a smoking room.

 My workplace allows employees to smoke in a room designated for smoking – can staff continue to smoke there?

No. No employer can permit an employee to smoke inside the building, or in a vehicle used for business purposes carrying two or more people.

 I am the owner/manager of a building which must be smoke free? What are my responsibilities if someone lights up?

As an owner or manager of a smoke-free place, you are responsible for posting no-smoking signs and removing any ashtrays. These steps will discourage most smokers from lighting up. If a person does light up, you must take steps to get them to butt out. You should remind them that smoking is prohibited, and that they are committing an offence by smoking. You can ask them to stop smoking indoors, and take their smoking outside. Finally, you can refuse to serve a person until they have stopped smoking.

 Will there be changes to the display and advertising of tobacco products?

Yes. As of May 15, 2009, stores and other places which sell tobacco products are no longer able to display cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and other forms of tobacco. As well, advertising tobacco products must be limited to a sign listing the tobacco products offered for sale and their prices. The specific requirements for the signs will be prescribed by regulations in the coming months.

 How is the Smoke-free Places Act different from the City of Whitehorse bylaw?

There are five main differences:

  1. Smoking is not permitted on outdoor patios or any other eating and drinking area
  2. All entrances to workplaces and public buildings will be smoke-free, and smokers are required to stay 5 metres away from all doorways, air intakes and windows when they smoke
  3. Any work vehicle carrying two or more persons must be smoke-free
  4. Smoking in vehicles carrying children under the age of 18 years is not permitted
  5. The advertising, promotion and display of tobacco products will be prohibited as of May 15, 2009

Legislation

Documents

Contact info

Smoke-free Places Act

Business hours: 8:30 to 4:30 Monday to Friday

Phone: 867-667-8391

Toll Free (Yukon, Nunavut and NWT); 1-800-661-0408 ext. 8391

Fax: 867-667-8322

Mailing Address:

Smoke-free Places Act (2 HospRd)
Health & Social Services, Government of Yukon
Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 2C6

Location: #2 Hospital Road | Whitehorse, Yukon [map]

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