Bill 131, Youth Smoking Prevention Act, 2014

Matthews, Hon Deborah Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

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Bill 131                                                       2013

An Act to amend the Smoke-Free Ontario Act

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:

   1.  (1)  Section 3.1 of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act is amended by adding the following subsection:

Promotional items

   (3.1)  No person shall sell or offer to sell at retail any tobacco product together with a promotional item that is included with the sale of the tobacco product for nil or nominal additional consideration, or for additional consideration that does not exceed the production cost of the promotional item.

   (2)  Subsection 3.1 (5) of the Act is repealed and the following substituted:

Interpretation

   (5)  In this section,

“promotional item” means,

  (a)  an item that is reasonably associated with, or that evokes, a tobacco product of any kind, or a brand of tobacco product, due to the item’s intended use or purpose or through the use of a brand name, trade-mark, trade name, distinguishing guise, logo, graphic arrangement, design or slogan that appears on the item, or

  (b)  another tobacco product; (“article promotionnel”)

“tobacco product” includes the package in which tobacco is sold. (“produit du tabac”)

   2.  Paragraph 10 of subsection 4 (2) of the Act is repealed and the following substituted:

  10.  A prescribed place or a place that belongs to a prescribed class.  

   3.  Subsection 6.1 (2) of the Act is repealed and the following substituted:

Flavoured tobacco products

   (2)  No person shall sell or offer to sell a flavoured tobacco product at retail or for subsequent sale at retail or distribute or offer to distribute it for that purpose.

Exception

   (3)  Subsection (2) does not apply with respect to any prescribed flavoured tobacco product.

   4.  (1)  Subsections 14 (2), (3), (4) and (5) of the Act are repealed and the following substituted:

Inspection

   (2)  Subject to subsection (4), for the purpose of determining whether this Act is being complied with, an inspector may, without a warrant, and at any reasonable time, enter and inspect,

  (a)  any place designated under subsection 4 (2);

  (b)  any place where it is prohibited to smoke tobacco or hold lighted tobacco under section 9;

   (c)  the establishments of tobacco manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers; and

  (d)  any place where the inspector has reasonable grounds to believe that an activity regulated or prohibited under this Act is taking place.

Restricted appointments

   (3)  The Minister may, in an appointment, restrict the inspector’s powers of entry and inspection to specified places or kinds of places.

Dwellings

   (4)  An inspector shall not enter into a place or part of a place that is a dwelling without the consent of the occupant.

   (2)  Subsection 14 (8) of the Act is amended by adding the following clause:

(d.1) remove a sample of a substance or any other thing that is relevant to the inspection or take a specimen that is relevant to the inspection;

   5.  The Table to section 15 of the Act is repealed and the following substituted:

Table

 

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Column 4

Provision Contravened

Number of Earlier Convictions

Maximum Fine — Individual

Maximum Fine — Corporation

 

 

$

$

3 (1), 3 (2), 3.1, 3.2

0

8,000

20,000

 

1

20,000

40,000

 

2

40,000

100,000

 

3 or more

200,000

300,000

3 (6), 4 (1), 6, 10, 14 (16), 16 (4),

0

2,000

5,000

17 (6), 18 (1), 18 (4), 18 (5)

1

5,000

10,000

 

2

10,000

25,000

 

3 or more

50,000

75,000

5, 6.1

0

4,000

200,000

 

1

10,000

600,000

 

2

20,000

600,000

 

3 or more

100,000

600,000

9 (1), 9 (2)

0

1,000

 

 

1 or more

5,000

 

9 (3), 9 (6)

0

1,000

100,000

 

1 or more

5,000

300,000

9 (4)

any

4,000

10,000

13 (4)

any

4,000

10,000

   6.  (1)  Subsection 17 (1) of the Act is repealed and the following substituted:

Seizure

   (1)  An inspector acting under section 14 may seize,

  (a)  tobacco that is being sold or offered for sale or that is being distributed or being offered for distribution contrary to subsection 5 (1);

  (b)  cigarettes that are being sold or offered for sale or that are being distributed or being offered for distribution contrary to subsection 5 (2);

   (c)  cigarillos that are being sold or offered for sale or that are being distributed or being offered for distribution contrary to subsection 5 (3);

  (d)  flavoured cigarillos that are being sold or offered for sale or that are being distributed or being offered for distribution contrary to subsection 6.1 (1);

  (e)  flavoured tobacco products that are being sold or offered for sale or that are being distributed or being offered for distribution contrary to subsection 6.1 (2); and

   (f)  tobacco that is being stored in a place contrary to subsection 16 (4).

   (2)  Subsection 17 (5) of the Act is repealed.

   (3)  Subsection 17 (6) of the Act is amended by striking out “subsection (2)” at the end and substituting “this section”.

   7.  Subsection 18 (3) of the Act is amended by striking out “Subsections 14 (4), (5), (6) and (7) apply” at the beginning and substituting “Subsections 14 (2), (4), (6) and (7) apply”.

   8.  (1)  Clause 19 (1) (a.2.1) of the Act is repealed and the following substituted:

(a.2.1) defining “flavouring agent” for the purposes of this Act or any provision of this Act;

(a.2.2) clarifying the meaning of “nil or nominal additional consideration” or “production cost” for the purposes of subsection 3.1 (3.1);

   (2)  Clause 19 (1) (d.2) of the Act is repealed and the following substituted:

(d.2) prescribing flavoured tobacco products for the purposes of subsection 6.1 (3);

   (3)  Section 19 of the Act is amended by adding the following subsection:

Prescribing places

   (8)  A regulation that prescribes a place or area for the purposes of any provision of this Act may provide for areas within the place or area where the prescription does not apply, or otherwise provide for exemptions from the prescription.

Commencement

   9.  This Act comes into force on a day to be named by proclamation of the Lieutenant Governor.

Short title

   10.  The short title of this Act is the Youth Smoking Prevention Act, 2013.

 

EXPLANATORY NOTE

Assorted amendments are made to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.  Among them:

    1.   The sale of promotional items together with tobacco products is prohibited.

    2.   The sale of flavoured tobacco products is prohibited, subject to a power to prescribe exemptions.

    3.   The list of places that an inspector is specifically empowered to enter is broadened.

    4.   Adjustments are made to the penalty provisions.

    5.   The power to prescribe places for the purposes of the Act is amended to provide for exemptions.

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