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Bylaw No. 19-08, Smoke Free Vehicles for Children Bylaw

Broad definition of smoking includes non-tobacco products. Provisions for prohibiting smoking in private vehicles with children under the age of 16 have been superseded by provincial legislation, which has an age limit of 18. See Alberta’s Bill 33, the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act (amends the Tobacco Reduction Act), proclaimed in late 2014.

Products Included

Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Other Weeds and Substances

Definitions

“Smoke” as used in this Bylaw shall include inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying any lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe or other combustible substance.

Places Smoking Prohibited

Private Vehicles with Children Present

Policy Analysis

This is leading edge because it includes other weeds and substances by virtue of the phrase “or other combustible substance” in the definition of smoking.

Age Restrictions

Private Vehicles with Children Present - 16

Enforcement

As of June 12, 2012 there were no plans to repeal Bylaw 19-08. By leaving the bylaw in place, Bylaw Enforcement Officers can take action if they witness an offence, whereas if the bylaw is repealed only the Community Peace Officers and the Police can enforce the provincial statute.

Date Passed: July 14, 2008

Date in Force: September 1, 2008

Date Last Amended:

Leading Edge: Yes

Level of Government: Municipal

Smoke-free Ontario Act Status: Exceeds Smoke-free Ontario Act

Bylaw Under Development? No

Supporting Information

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Contact: 403-938-4404

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