Richmond | British Columbia

Bylaw No. 6989, Public Health Protection-Amended several times (consolidated)

Smoking prohibited in vehicles with children under the age of 19, in or within 3 m of enclosed or partially enclosed transit shelters, within 6 m of a sign post or sign where people wait to board public transit, within 6 m of any building’s doorways, operable windows or air intakes, in or within 6 m of a customer service area (partially enclosed or unenclosed balcony, patio, yard or sidewalk associated with the service of food or alcoholic drinks), and on or within 25 m of any outdoor sport facility (includes sports fields, stadiums, golf courses, tennis courts, outdoor swimming pools, etc.) or playground. Broad definition of smoking is not exclusive to tobacco, and includes hookah pipes.

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 or hookah pipe or other lighted smoking equipment that burns tobacco or other weed or substance.

Places Smoking Prohibited

Doorways, air intakes, operable windows
Golf Courses
Patios - Restaurants and Bars
Playgrounds, which may include Splash Pads and Wading Pools
Private Vehicles with Children Present
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 21-30 m
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities - Buffer Zone 21-30 m
Transit Shelters/Stops - Buffer Zone 1-10 m

Policy Analysis

This bylaw is leading edge because it includes waterpipes and other weeds and substances in the definition of smoking. Furthermore, smoking is prohibited in private vehicles with minors under the age of 19 present, within 3 m buffer zone of transit shelters, within 6 m transit stops, within 6 m of any building’s doorways, operable windows or air intakes, and within 6 m of bar or restaurant patios. However, a 6 m buffer zone is not a great enough distance to prevent 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.

Age Restrictions

Private Vehicles with Children Present - 19

Date Passed: March 13, 2000

Date in Force: March 13, 2000

Date Last Amended: December 14, 2009

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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