The City of Kingston's bylaw to Regulate Smoking in Public Places and Workplaces smoking bylaw which came into effect May 1, 2003 prohibited smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces. On November 6, 2012 the bylaw was amended expanding the areas in which smoking was prohibited to include a number of designated outdoor places.

Details of the bylaw and additional information regarding smoking cessation support can be found at

An official copy of the City of Kingston's Smoke-Free bylaw can be found here or by contacting the City Clerk's Office in Kingston City Hall, 216 Ontario Street, Kingston, Ontario.

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How is Smoking regulated in Kingston?

Smoking in workplaces and public places in Kingston is controlled by the following laws:

  • Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2006
    Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Smoke-Free Bylaw
    City of Kingston Bylaw No. 2002-231
  • Kingston Area Taxi Bylaw
    Kingston Area Taxi Licensing Commission

What does Smoking mean?

Smoking includes carrying or holding a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, or any other tobacco lighted smoking equipment.

What is a workplace?

Workplaces are areas where people are employed, such as retail stores, offices, garages, and factories. Smoking is not allowed in any workplace.

What is a public place?

Public places are areas to which the public has access. but does not include any part of a public place which is located on a highway. The following are designated as public places where smoking is not permitted.

  • Arenas
  • Barber shops
  • Billiard halls
  • Bowling alleys
  • Buses
  • Colleges and universities
  • Convention facilities
  • Day cares
  • Food premises
  • Hair salons
  • Hospitals
  • Laundromats
  • Municipal buildings
  • Nursing homes
  • Outdoor community meeting areas
  • Parks and beaches
  • Retail stores
  • School property
  • Shopping malls
  • Sports fields and playing grounds
  • Taxis
  • Transit shelters
  • Video arcades
  • Within 3 metres from entrances or exits of workplaces and publicly accessible places
  • Within 9 metres from entrances or exits of municipal buildings, and
  • Within 9 metre of Kingston Transit shelters located at the Cataraqui Centre, Kingston Centre, and St. Lawrence College transfer points

What is a food premise?

Food premises are places in which food and beverages are provided. Smoking is not allowed in any public or private area of a food premises, such as:

  • Bars
  • Cafes
  • Coffee shops
  • Food courts
  • Lounges
  • Patios
  • Pubs
  • Restaurants

What about residential buildings?

Smoking is not allowed in the common areas of residential buildings, including hallways, stairways, lobbies, laundry facilities, and common rooms. Residential buildings include apartments, condominiums, and retirement homes. People may smoke in individual private apartments.

What is and owner's responsibility?

The owner or person in charge of a business is responsible for:

  • Ensuring compliance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and the municipal bylaw
  • Posting No Smoking signs at all entrances
  • Informing any person found smoking, that smoking is not allowed
  • Ensuring that ashtrays and similar items are not allowed
  • Informing each employee of smoking prohibitions in the workplace

Where can businesses get no smoking signs?

No Smoking signs are required by the City of Kingston Bylaw, and are available free of charge from KFL&A Public Health. by calling the Tobacco Information Line at 613-549-1232 ext. 1333.

How can I report a violation?

Anyone found smoking in an area where smoking is not allowed could be ticketed or charged with an offence. The maximum penalty is $5,000.

To report a violation, contact any of the following:

KFL&A Health's Tobacco Information Line
Tel: 613-549-1232, ext. 1333

City of Kingston Bylaw Enforcement
Tel: 613-546-4291, ext. 3135