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Smoking Regulation Bylaw No. 1884, 2008, A Bylaw to Regulate Smoking in The Resort Municipality of Whistler

Smoking prohibited on patios; in, at, on or within 25 m of an outdoor venue (for worship, entertainment, recreation, business or amusement), a playground, a playing field, a place at which a sporting event is occurring, a transit shelter or school property; within 6 m from any doorway, window or air intake of a building, structure, place or area. Broad definition of smoking includes other weeds or substances in addition to tobacco.

Products Included

Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Other Weeds and Substances


“Smoke” or “Smoking” means to inhale, exhale, burn or carry a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or other lighted smoking equipment that burns tobacco or other weed or substance but does not include the carrying of lighted incense or other lighted smoking equipment used solely for ceremonial or religious purposes.

Places Smoking Prohibited

Patios - Restaurants and Bars
Playgrounds, which may include Splash Pads and Wading Pools
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities
Transit Shelters/Stops

Buffer Zones

Doorways, Air Intakes and Operable Windows - 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 21-30 m

Policy Analysis

This bylaw is leading edge because it includes other weeds and substances. It also prohibits smoking at outdoor events and within a buffer zone around outdoor events, transit shelters, and around doorways, operable windows or air intakes of buildings to which the public has access. However, 6 m is not a great enough distance to prevent smoke from entering a building, creating a nuisance or health hazard for people entering and exiting. At least 7 m is recommended based on outdoor SHS scientific research.

Date Passed: May 19, 2009

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

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Contact: info@whistler.ca or 604-932-5535

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