Today City Council approved changes to Bylaw No. 8286, The Smoking Control Bylaw, banning smoking in and around the City’s outdoor public spaces, including parks, sportsfields, public squares, and recreation areas.

The bylaw is the result of research, public feedback, and the City’s commitment to the promotion of a smoke-free environment to safeguard citizens and staff against the harmful impacts,”says Lynne Lacroix, Director of Recreation & Community Development.  It also addresses issues of fire safety and littering.

Starting January 1, 2016, smoking will be restricted on all municipal properties under Bylaw No. 8286.  More information will be shared with City staff and residents in the coming weeks regarding where smoking is allowed.  Provisions regulating electronic cigarettes and their equivalents will also be presented to City Council in the near future.

“The effects of passive smoking, which includes second- and third-hand smoke, is particularly concerning in playgrounds, parks, and sportsfields where our youngest citizens gather to play and have fun,” says Lacroix.  “We want to ensure a healthy outdoor environment and support for active living and wellness for all.”

In addition to signage, the public will be reminded of the new smoking restrictions through a public awareness and education campaign.

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