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Bylaw C-1278, Smoke Free Playgrounds, Athletics Fields and Recreation Facilities Bylaw

Smoking and vaping prohibited within a 10 m radius of:

  • Any Playground Equipment;
  • Athletic Field; or
  • A doorway, window or air intake of a Recreation Facility.

Products Included

Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Electronic Smoking Devices


Smoke means to smoke, hold or otherwise have control over a lit Tobacco Product or use an Electronic Cigarette.

Electronic Cigarette means a vaporizer or inhalant-type device, whether called an electronic cigarette or any other name, that contains a power source and heating element designed to heat a substance and produce a vapour intended to be inhaled by the user of the device directly through the mouth, whether or not the vapour contains nicotine, or any component of such a device.

Tobacco Product means a product composed in whole or in part of tobacco, including tobacco leaves and any extract of tobacco leaves, but does not include any product for use in nicotine replacement therapy.

Use with respect to Electronic Cigarettes, means to inhale or exhale vapour from an Electronic Cigarette or hold an activated Electronic Cigarette.

Athletic Field means any field and/or land of natural and/or man-made composition that is used for athletic purposes to conduct organized or unorganized sporting activities which includes but is not limited to a baseball field, soccer pitch, player or spectator bench and lawn bowling field. A golf course shall not be included as an athletic field.

Recreation Facility means the Coca-Cola Centre, Dave Barr Community Centre, Eastlink Centre, the Leisure Centre, Charles Spencer High School, the Saint Joseph Catholic High School and the Grande Prairie Gymnastics.

Places Smoking Prohibited

Playgrounds, which may include Splash Pads and Wading Pools
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities

Buffer Zones

Playgrounds - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities - Buffer Zone 1-10 m

Policy Analysis

This bylaw contains a leading edge element, in that it prohibits smoking and vaping within 10 m of all playgrounds and recreational facilities.

Date Passed: August 7, 2012

Date in Force: August 7, 2012

Date Last Amended: February 6, 2017

Leading Edge: No

Level of Government: Municipal

Smoke-free Ontario Act Status: Exceeds Smoke-free Ontario Act

Bylaw Under Development? No

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Bylaw C-1278



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