Powell River | British Columbia

Bylaw No. 2232, 2009 – A Bylaw to regulate smoking in the City of Powell River

Smoking prohibited in or within 6 m of a public transit shelter; within 6 m of any opening into any building including any door or window or any air intake; on or within 6 m of a customer service area (patio); and within 6 m of a playing field, playground or school yard.

Products Included

Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Other Weeds and Substances, Waterpipes


“Smoke” or “smoking” means to inhale, exhale, burn, or carry a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, hookah pipe, or other lighted smoking equipment that burns tobacco or other weed or substance.

Places Smoking Prohibited

Doorways, air intakes, operable windows
Patios - Restaurants and Bars
Playgrounds, which may include Splash Pads and Wading Pools
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities
Transit Shelters/Stops
Waterpipes (outdoors)

Buffer Zones

Doorways, Air Intakes and Operable Windows - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Patios - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Playgrounds - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Transit Shelters/Stops - Buffer Zone 1-10 m

Policy Analysis

This bylaw is considered leading edge because it includes waterpipes and other weeds and substances, and smoking is prohibited within a buffer zone around patios, transit shelters and doorways, operable windows and air intakes of all buildings used by the public. However, 6 m is not a great enough distance to prevent the smoke from entering buildings, creating a nuisance or health hazard for people entering and exiting. At least 7 m is recommended based on outdoor SHS scientific research.

Date Passed: August 20, 2009

Date in Force: October 1, 2009

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: info@cdpr.bc.ca or 604 485-6291

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