Spruce Grove | Alberta

Bylaw C-470-03, Smoking Bylaw

Smoking is prohibited within a 5 m radius of any public place, city facility, workplace, restaurant or retail store.

Traditional pipe ceremonies are exempt from the bylaw but the exemption only applies to the people participating in the ceremony. The exemption does not apply to “spectators or onlookers.”

Products Included

Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Other Weeds and Substances


“Smoke” or “smoking” includes the carrying or custody and control of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other lighted smoking equipment.

“Traditional Pipe Ceremony” means a cultural or religious ceremony performed by Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples involving the use of tobacco products and is held out of doors or in a separate and specific aboriginal structure such as a tipi.

Places Smoking Prohibited

Doorways, air intakes, operable windows

Buffer Zones

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

Policy Analysis

This bylaw is technically considered leading edge because it prohibits smoking within 5 m of the doorways, air intakes and operable windows of all workplaces and public places. However, 5 m is not a great enough distance to prevent smoke from entering a building and 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: October 27, 2004

Date in Force: April 1, 2004

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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