The following is a summary that is meant as a guide to assist in placing campaigns related to tobacco advertising. It is recommended that the official legislation and legal counsel be consulted before undertaking or accepting any advertising to ensure legal obligations and interpretations are accurate.

Tobacco law is governed federally however provinces and municipalities may enact their own bylaws. Where there is a conflict between a provision of federal Act and a provision of a provincial bylaw that regulates, restricts or prohibits smoking, the more restrictive provision prevails. In most cases provincial statutes do not address general media advertising but detail from the corresponding Act follows for your information.

Governed by the Manitoba Non-Smokers Health Protection Act

The following does not apply in relation to a place or premises for which the sale of tobacco or tobacco-related products is the major activity.

No person shall display or permit to be displayed tobacco or a tobacco-related product such that it is visible to children in any place or premises in which tobacco or tobacco-related products are sold.

No person shall advertise or promote tobacco or a tobacco-related product

  • in any place or premises in which tobacco or tobacco-related products are sold;
  • in any place or premises to which children are permitted access;
  • on an outdoor sign of any type, including
    • a billboard or portable sign, or
    • a sign on a bench, vehicle, building or other structure; or
  • inside a building or other structure or vehicle if the advertisement or promotion is visible from outside the building, structure or vehicle.

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Amendments current as of March 2016
Date of OMAC update: January 2017