Smoke-Free Workplaces


All workplaces are Smoke-free. It’s the law. There are often a lot of questions about smoking and workplaces.  Let’s review the most frequently asked questions.

What about Entrances or Doorways?

There is no smoking within 9 meters (or 30 feet) of any door at:

  • hospitals
  • retirement residences
  • all Municipal buildings in Chatham-Kent

What about Schools?

There is no smoking on any part of school property. Elementary, secondary, and private schools must be smoke-free. 

What about Smoking Shelters?

  • These are allowed by the Smoke Free Ontario Act for workplaces only
  • Can only have 2 walls and a roof for shelter from the weather
  • Must be at least 9 meters or 30 feet away from building entrances
  • Cannot be built close to another building
  • Cannot be built close to a food service area
  • Are not allowed for bars or restaurants
  • Bars and restaurants can allow smoking on an uncovered outdoor patio

Can I have a Smoke-Free Policy?

Any business can have its own smoke-free policy.  Write up the policy and put it in place.
That’s it! 

If you have any questions or if you need some FREE no-smoking signs,
contact Nik Davidovic, Tobacco Enforcement Officer, (519) 352-7270 ext.2437 or e-mail at



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  1. Are employees allowed to sit on the stoop of an open rear door and smoke? The staff at the Subway on Queen at Edgar sit or stand in the open back door for smoke breaks. This door opens into the store/prep room.

  2. Thank you for your question, I have forwarded it to our Tobacco Enforcement Officer and the area inspector.