Cardston | Alberta

Bylaw #1626, The Smoking Bylaw

No person shall carry or possess a lit cigarette, cigar or pipe, burn tobacco, or vapourize in any manner:

  • In a public facility;
  • In, on or within 5 metres of a public facility, including:
    i) an outdoor pool;
    ii) a playground;
    iii) a skatepark; or
    iv) a sports field
  • or any other facility to which the public has access as of right or by express or implied invitation.

Products Included

Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Electronic Smoking Devices, Other Weeds and Substances, Waterpipes


“Outdoor Pool” means a structure that contains water which is designed and intended for recreational use, and includes a spray park or a wading pool;

“Playground” means an outdoor area upon which apparatus such as swings and slides are placed;

“Public Facility” means any place to which the public may have either express or implied access for the purpose of worship, entertainment, recreation, business, amusement, education, transportation, consumption of food or drink, or for the provision and receipt of services;

“Skate Park” means an outdoor area which is designed and intended specifically for the use of skateboards, in-line skates, or other similar devices;

“Smoke or Smoking” includes the carrying of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other lighted smoking equipment;

“Sports Field” means an outdoor area which is set apart and used for the playing of sporting activities;

“Vapourize or Vapourizing” means to inhale or exhale vapour produced by an electronic cigarette, electronic pipe, electronic hookah or other similar device that can be used to deliver nicotine or other substances.

Places Smoking Prohibited

E-cigarettes (indoors)
E-cigarettes (outdoors)
Enclosed public places
Enclosed workplaces
Patios - Restaurants and Bars
Playgrounds, which may include Splash Pads and Wading Pools
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities
Waterpipes (indoors)
Waterpipes (outdoors)

Buffer Zones

Beaches - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Child daycare and pre-school grounds - 1-10 m
Parks - 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
Trails - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Transit Shelters/Stops - Buffer Zone 1-10 m

Policy Analysis

This bylaw contains leading edge elements:

  • Use of e-cigarettes prohibited in all public facilities
  • 5 m buffer zone around virtually all public facilities (although note that 5 m is not recommended – 7 is the minimum based on buffer zone research)
  • Broad definition of smoking includes other legal weeds and substances (confirmed via correspondence with the Town Clerk, November 2017)

Date Passed: October 28, 2014

Date in Force: October 28, 2014

Date Last Amended:

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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