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Park Board Smoking Regulation Bylaw – A By-law of the City of Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation to regulate smoking in parks (no bylaw number assigned)

Smoking prohibited in a park; on a seawall or beach in a park; in a building in a park (except in a caretaker’s residence); in a customer service area (partially enclosed or unenclosed area including a balcony, patio, yard or sidewalk that includes the service of food or alcoholic drinks) in a park; in a vehicle for hire in a park; on public transit in a park; or in an enclosed or partially enclosed shelter in a park where people wait to board a vehicle for hire or public transit. The definition of smoking includes hookah pipes and other weeds or substances, so also prohibits their use inside public places and workplaces in a park. A list of the names of all parks covered by the bylaw is found in Schedule A to the bylaw.

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

Patios - Restaurants and Bars
Waterpipes (indoors)
Waterpipes (outdoors)

Policy Analysis

This bylaw is considered leading edge because it includes waterpipes and other weeds and substances, and specifically prohibits their use inside park buildings, as well as outdoors on park property. However, smoking is only prohibited on beaches and patios if they are located within a park. Smoking on or within 6 of all other patios in Vancouver is prohibited via Health Bylaw #9535.

Date Passed: September 1, 2010

Date in Force:

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

Please find contact information related to this bylaw, and links to supporting materials.

Contact: or 604-873-7000

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