Toronto, Ontario – A new law prohibiting Ontarians from smoking in motor vehicles with passengers under 16 years of age has come into effect. The legislation is part of the provincial government’s Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy.

Under the law, a driver or passenger smoking in a motor vehicle while someone else under the age of 16 is present is committing an offence, and can face a fine of up to $250.

The government said in a statement that secondhand smoke levels in motor vehicles can be up to 27 times greater than in a smoker’s home.

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