Friday, October 09, 2009

Workplace Smoking Fine Levied Against Ontario Driver Who Smoked in His Truck

A London, Ontario driver has been ticketed for smoking in a workplace -in this case, his own truck. City News reports:

Ontario Provincial Police pulled over a truck on Highway 401 near Windsor on Wednesday when the driver was seen smoking.

Police handed out a $305 ticket because smoking is prohibited at all workplaces in the province under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

"In the act it actually specifies what a workplace is," said Const. Shawna Coulter of the provincial police's Essex detachment.

"It says the inside of any place, building, structure or vehicle that is part of the employee's workplace, which if you're driving a truck for long periods of time - that becomes your workplace."

...That's the way the law is supposed to work, said Health Promotion Minister Margarett Best.

Perhaps this is just one more current example of what our conservative friends like to call the emerging Nanny State, but it also raises this fascinating question for Ontarians who work from home offices - even part-time:

Is smoking now illegal in their own homes?

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

UPDATE: October 10, 2009

Toronto Star writer Rosie DiManno picks up briefly on the home-as-workplace theme. See: Watch me Blow Smoke Out of My Ears.

- GJW

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