Alberta Tobacco Legislation

Alberta Legislation

The Tobacco Reduction Act amended the Smoke-free Places Act (2002). The Tobacco Reduction Act came into effect on January 1, 2008.

Smoking Prohibited 

  • The Tobacco Reduction Act prohibits smoking in all workplaces and public places, including restaurants, bars, patios and casinos.  
  • Smoking is permitted in designated smoking rooms only by in-patients or residents of group living facilities, and in designated smoking hotel rooms.


  • The sale of tobacco products to minors is prohibited.
  • As of January 1, 2009 tobacco sales are no longer permitted at health care facilities, public post-secondary campuses, pharmacies, and stores that contain a pharmacy


  • The Tobacco Reduction Act requires signage to indicate where smoking is not permitted, as well as where smoking is permitted.

Tobacco Displays and Advertising

  • No tobacco products may be displayed in a retail store.
  • Any promotional material that reflects a brand of tobacco product is not permitted in any place where tobacco is sold.

Tobacco:  A Global Challenge

In 2003, Canada signed the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the most widely adopted treaty in UN history. The FCTC recognizes the global threat tobacco places on health systems, the economy, the environment and social development.

Key features of the FCTC include:

  • Increasing taxes on tobacco products;
  • Introducing policies for protection from exposure to second-hand smoke;
  • Regulating the contents and advertising of tobacco products;
  • Creating education and awareness programs about the health effects of tobacco;
  • Eliminating the sale of tobacco products to minors; and
  • Introducing economically viable alternatives to tobacco production.

Visit the Alberta Health and Wellness site for a full overview of the Tobacco Reduction Act.

For information on tobacco legislation across Canada, visit the National Non-Smoker’s Rights Association (NSRA). 

To report illegal tobacco activity in Alberta, contact the Tobacco Enforcement Unit of the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission by calling 1-800-577-2522.

Page Last Updated: 01/12/2015