Enforcement of the SFOA is funded by Ontario's Ministry of Health Promotion and is administered through 36 local public health units.
Restaurants were not included as a vendor trade class in the followup surveys due to the decreasing number of restaurants selling tobacco products following implementation of the SFOA. Equal numbers of tobacco vendors were selected in each of the vendor trade classes.
Furthermore, vendor compliance remained at a high level one year following implementation of the SFOA. These findings are encouraging for the implementation of a total display ban on May 31, 2008.
The first is the comprehensive education campaign conducted by the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion together with the public health units in the months leading up to implementation of the SFOA. The comprehensive education campaign included educational mail-outs to tobacco vendors, educational visits by tobacco enforcement staff to premises, group educational sessions, and detailed media coverage of the restrictions prior to May 31, 2006.