Smoking could be considered a distraction under Road Rule .
However, the practice is far more concerning if there are young passengers in your vehicle.
Smoking while driving in Canada is officially illegal starting today in these provinces of Canada : Ontario,Newfoundland and Labrador,Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia,Manitoba .
A $2,500 on the spot fine can be issued to the driver and any passenger who breaks the law. There are also heavy penalties for people caught throwing lit cigarette butts from vehicles, which can also start bush and grass fires, especially during days of total fire ban or during bush fire danger period.
Taking your eyes off the road to light a cigarette could be considered putting yourself and other road users at risk.