In the next few weeks, a Public Health Inspector will be coming out to do surveillance for tobacco and e-cigarettes and will educate any students who are or have been associated with vaping on school premises. This will be the first step in their progressive enforcement for tobacco and electronic cigarettes.
St. Thomas Aquinas staff have been diligent in educating all students and families on the vaping. Synermail, announcements, washrooms sweeps, phone calls to parents and suspensions happen regularly at the school.
Please be advised that Public Health inspectors have been authorized to carry out ticketing in the new year as vaping inside public buildings is against the law. The set fine for “use of electronic cigarette in prohibited place” is $250, section 12(1). Of special note is that the fine applies even if the person is just holding the vape.
Definitions of “smoking” and “vaping”
If you smoke or vape where it is not allowed, you may be charged with an offence and subject to a fine ($1,000 for a first offence, $5,000 for any further offence) if convicted.
Under the legislation:
- “smoking” means smoking (inhaling and exhaling) or holding lighted tobacco or cannabis (medical or recreational)
- “vaping” means inhaling or exhaling vapour from an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) or holding an activated e-cigarette, whether or not the vapour contains nicotine
You cannot smoke or vape in any public or private school’s: indoor space, outdoor grounds, including playgrounds and sports field or public areas within 20 metres of the school’s grounds.
E-cigarettes are known by a variety of names including:
- vapes or vape pipes
- personal vapourizers
- e-cigs, e-cigars
- e-hookah, hookah pens
- steam cigarettes
- personal inhalers
Attached, you will find a brief notice on how to talk with your teens about vaping.
You will also find a flyer distributed by Public Health that was recently sent out with our Week at a Glance (October 19, 2018).
For more information, refer to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017