Tecumseh | Ontario

By-law Number 2014-60, Being a bylaw to prohibit Smoking and the Use of Smokeless Tobacco in all public parks, sports fields and outdoor recreation facilities, and within nine (9) metres of a transit stop or any entrance of any building or structure under the control, supervision, ownership and/or operation of The Corporation of the Town of Tecumseh (aka The Smoke-free Outdoor Spaces By-law)

The bylaw prohibits smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco in public parks, sports fields and outdoor recreation facilities and within 9 metres of a transit stop or any entrance of buildings operated by the Town. There is no mention of air intakes or operable windows in the bylaw. By virtue of the definitions used, smoking includes the use of waterpipes and electronic cigarettes. Note that, while the Town’s bylaw allows for smoking in parking lots, the amended SFOA will restrict smoking if that area is within 20 metres of a recreational field.

Products Included

Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Electronic Smoking Devices, Other Tobacco Products, Waterpipes


“Public place” shall mean the parks, sports fields and recreational facilities listed in Schedule A, whether or not a “No Smoking” sign is posted. “Smoking” means the carrying of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, or any other lighted or heated smoking equipment used to smoke or vaporize any tobacco or non-tobacco substance. “Use of Smokeless Tobacco” shall mean the use of chew, plugs, snus or snuff.

Places Smoking Prohibited

Doorways, air intakes, operable windows
E-cigarettes (outdoors)
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities
Transit Shelters/Stops
Waterpipes (outdoors)

Buffer Zones

Doorways, Air Intakes and Operable Windows - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Transit Shelters/Stops - Buffer Zone 1-10 m

Policy Analysis

This is a leading edge bylaw because it prohibits the use of smokeless tobacco, waterpipes and electronic cigarettes outdoors. What would strengthen the bylaw would be to prohibit the use of these products indoors as well. Named properties listed in an appendix to a bylaw are not recommended as it requires a bylaw amendment if one of the names of the properties is changed or if a new property is added.

Date Passed: July 8, 2014

Date in Force: January 1, 2015

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: 519-735-2184

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