Langley | British Columbia

Smoking Regulation Bylaw, 2009, No. 2792

Smoking is prohibited in transit shelters, on or within 3m of bar and restaurant patios (customer service areas), or within 3m of entranceways, windows and air intakes. Definition of smoking is broad and includes hookah pipes and other lighted smoking equipment that burns tobacco. Update: According to the Langley Council minutes of 3 March 2014, the proposed bylaw was defeated and sent back to staff for further research on the issue of a smoking ban in higher profile parks only, including an educational component about smoking in trail areas. Staff has also been asked to determine where to place designated smoking areas in parks.

Products Included

Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Waterpipes


“Smoke” or “Smoking” means burn or carry a lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, hookah pipe or other lighted smoking equipment that burns tobacco.

Places Smoking Prohibited

Doorways, air intakes, operable windows
Patios - Restaurants and Bars
Transit Shelters/Stops
Waterpipes (outdoors)

Buffer Zones

Doorways, Air Intakes and Operable Windows - Buffer Zone 1-10 m
Patios - Buffer Zone 1-10 m

Policy Analysis

This is considered leading edge because its definition of smoking includes waterpipes. Furthermore, smoking is prohibited within 3m of patios and within 3 m of entranceways, windows and air intakes. However, 3 m is not a great enough distance to prevent the smoke from entering the building, creating a nuisance or health hazard for people entering and exiting. At least 7 m is recommended based on outdoor SHS scientific research. Langley is currently considering the use of designated smoking areas in parks, which are not recommended.

Date Passed: July 19, 2010

Date in Force: July 1, 2010

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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