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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Tobacco Control Act, 1994

It's the Law !

How it Affects You:

What does the Tobacco Control Act (TCA) mean to me?
  • It is against the law to sell, supply or buy tobacco products (even one cigarette) for anyone under the age of 19.
What happens if I give cigarettes (even one) to someone under the age of 19?
  • You will be charged and given a $215 ticket or be issued a summons to appear in court. The maximum fine for supplying someone under the age of 19 with tobacco products is $4,000.
How does the TCA affect my School?
  • Smoking or holding lighted tobacco is not allowed by anyone (staff, students, parents or visitors) in school buildings or on school property at any time.
  • Smoking or holding lighted tobacco is not allowed in any vehicles on school property.
  • Supplying cigarettes on school property to anyone under the age of 19 is against the law.
What happens if I smoke on school property?
  • If you are 16 or older, you will be charged by a Tobacco Enforcement Officer and given a $120 ticket or issued a summons to appear in court. The maximum fine for a first offence is $1,000. The maximum fine for a second offence is $5,000.
  • If you are under the age of 16, a summons will be issued to you and your parent(s)/guardian to appear in court.
Can I be charged for just holding a friend's cigarette and not actually smoking?
  • Yes, you will be charged if you are holding a lit cigarette on school property.
Who can I call if I have questions?

You can reach a Tobacco Enforcement Officer at one of the following Toronto Public Health offices:
North Region: 416-338-8410
East Region: 416-397-4777
South Region: 416-392-0978
West Region: 416-338-1507

From the committee members of the “Not to Kids” Campaign Canadian Cancer Society, Council for a Tobacco Free Toronto, East End Community Health Centre, Health Canada, Mac's Convenience Stores, Toronto Catholic District School Board, Toronto District School Board, Toronto Public Health, YOUTHLINK.