Smoking prohibited in Olympic Plaza (an outdoor green space), on all patios and within 3 m of doorways. “Except when on a public sidewalk, no person shall carry or possess a lit cigarette, cigar or pipe, or burn tobacco in any manner within 3 metres of an entrance or exit to a public premises.” NOTE: A notice of motion (NM2007-03) was carried resolving that shisha bars burning only non-tobacco products would be exempt from Calgary’s smoking bylaw. As of August 1, 2013, smoking is prohibited within 5 m of outdoor pools, outdoor skating rinks, playgrounds, skate parks or sports fields.
Products IncludedCigarettes, Cigars, Pipes
Smoking is not defined in the bylaw. “Outdoor patio” includes: (a) a public premises where food or beverages are served that is not fully contained within an enclosed building; and (b) an outside extension of an eating or drinking establishment regardless of whether or not it is covered.
Places Smoking ProhibitedDoorways, air intakes, operable windows
Patios - Restaurants and Bars
Playgrounds, which may include Splash Pads and Wading Pools
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities
Buffer ZonesDoorways, Air Intakes and Operable Windows - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Playgrounds - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
This bylaw is technically leading edge because smoking is prohibited within 3 m of all entrances and air intakes of buildings to which the public has access. However, 3 m is not a great enough distance to prevent the smoke from entering the building, creating a nuisance or health hazard for people entering and exiting. At least 7 m is recommended based on outdoor SHS scientific research. Furthermore, confusion may arise in bylaws where there are different buffer zone distances used, i.e., in this case 3 m and 5 m. It is better to standardize the measurements for consistency.
A weakness of the bylaw is its exemption of waterpipes when tobacco is not used in them because this is very difficult to enforce.
Date Passed: January 4, 1993
Date in Force:
Date Last Amended: July 29, 2013
Leading Edge: Yes
Level of Government: Municipal
Smoke-free Ontario Act Status: Exceeds Smoke-free Ontario Act
Bylaw Under Development? No
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