Montreal Smoking Laws

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    Smoke in a Prohibited Place in Montreal and Pay the Price

    Montreal smoking laws beef up more than ever courtesy of the Quebec Tobacco Control Act.
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    Montreal smoking laws involving tobacco use are tougher than ever since the Quebec government passed the Tobacco Control Act into legislation November 26, 2015.

    As of May 26, 2016, anyone caught smoking or vaping in a prohibited place in Montreal -or anywhere in Quebec for that matter- risks facing a fine ranging from $250 to $750 for a first offense. 

    As for repeat offenders, they can look forward to coughing up anywhere from $500 to $1,500 in fines if caught in the act at the wrong place and the wrong time more than once.

    See Also: How Low Does Montreal's Drinking Age Go?
    And: How to Drink in Public in Montreal Without Breaking the Rules
    Also: Quebec's Drinking and Driving Laws Don't Hold Back

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  • 02 of 08

    Montreal Smoking Laws: Don't Light Up on a Terrace

    Montreal smoking laws are tougher than ever courtesy of the Quebec Tobacco Control Act.
    ••• Above: one of St. Denis Street's many terraces. See that cigarette on the right? You won't spot its telltale smoke trail anymore on Montreal patios as of May 26, 2016. Guylain Doyle / Getty Images

    Montreal patios have been a sacrosanct last resort for smokers since Quebec banned smoking in restaurants, bars, cafés and other public places such as offices as of May 2006.

    But starting May 26, 2016, smokers and vapers will have to adjust to a new regime: all commercial patios are now smoke-free. Anyone caught vaping or lighting up a cigarette or cigar on Montreal terraces risks being slapped a fine of $250 to $1,500.

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  • 03 of 08

    Montreal Smoking Laws: Beware the Rules of the Car

    Montreal smoking laws protect children from cigarette smoke in cars.
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    Your car, your rules? Not in Montreal. And not in Quebec. Courtesy of Quebec's Tobacco Control Act, anyone caught smoking or vaping in a vehicle with a minor less than 16 years old also present in said vehicle is subject to a fine ranging from $250 to $1,500. The law takes effect May 26, 2016.

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  • 04 of 08

    Montreal Smoking Laws: Protect the Child

    Montreal smoking laws have toughened up to protect children and minors courtesy of the Quebec Tobacco Control Act.
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    Quebec's Tobacco Control Act passed into law on November 26, 2015 beefs up smoking restrictions designed to protect children.

    It's forbidden to purchase tobacco products for minors under any circumstance as of November 26, 2016 as well as offering tobacco products to minors for free on grounds used by a school. Break the rules? Pay the price. Law-breakers face fines of anywhere from $500 to $3,000 if caught in the act. 

    Furthermore, it's forbidden to light up or vape e-cigarettes in daycare centres and schools.

    But the Quebec Tobacco Control Act takes no-smoking-around-children zones one step further, tacking on all school grounds, playgrounds, sports fields, campgrounds and any park space intended for children to the restricted list, all officially bona fide no smoking and no vaping zones as of May 26, 2016. Smoking in a restricted zone could land smokers a fine ranging from $250 to $1,500.

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  • 05 of 08

    Montreal Smoking Laws: Residential Buildings

    Montreal smoking laws include a ban in residential buildings courtesy of the Quebec Tobacco Control Act.
    ••• Made a habit of smoking on your building's fire escape? You'll need to find a new spot starting May 26, 2016 or risk a fine of $250 to $1,500. Antenna / Getty Images

     Another tricky prohibition for smokers and vapers courtesy of the Quebec Tobacco Act is smoking in public spaces of residential buildings composed of two to five units. Common areas like hallways and shared stairwells are strictly non-smoking in Montreal and across the province of Quebec as of May 26, 2016.

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    Montreal Smoking Laws: That Tobacco Better Smell Like It

    Montreal smoking laws are tougher than ever courtesy of Quebec's Tobacco Control Act.
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    Starting August 26, 2016, Montreal and the entire province of Quebec restrict tobacco shops from selling tobacco products that taste or smell like anything but tobacco, an ostensible strategy to protect minors from becoming addicted to the legal, albeit damaging drug via the lure of alluring flavors and aromas that mask tobacco's less pleasant taste and smell.

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  • 07 of 08

    Montreal Smoking Laws: Step Aside, Ten-Foot Pole

    Montreal smoking laws as dictated by the Quebec Tobacco Control Act forbid smoking 9 metres from windows and doors.
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    Smoking in Montreal is going to be more complicated than ever as of November 26, 2016.

    In addition to every other anti-tobacco measure already mentioned, anyone caught smoking or vaping outside within a 9-metre radius (30 feet) of doors or windows that can open -it doesn't matter if they're open or not at the time- is subject to fines of $250 to $1,500

    Air intakes connected to any enclosed place where smoking is already prohibited in Quebec is included in the latter regulation.

    Find out more about the Quebec Tobacco Control Act.

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