Smoking prohibited within 30 m of any playground equipment, splash pad, swimming pool, tennis court, skateboard facility or player’s benches. Broad definition of smoking not exclusive to tobacco.
On June 12th 2017, Elgin St. Thomas Public Health made a presentation to city council, recommending that the municipal bylaw be expanded to include more smoke-free outdoor spaces, and that the city take steps to create smoke-free social housing options within its jurisdiction.
According to a media report from June 16th, city staff are preparing a draft bylaw that will go before city council in the fall of 2017.
Products IncludedCigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Other Weeds and Substances
“Smoking” includes exhaling of tobacco smoke, the carrying of lighted personal use paraphernalia commonly employed to contain lighted tobacco, whether or not the substance is tobacco, including cigars, cigarettes, pipes or any other lighted smoking equipment.
Places Smoking ProhibitedPlaygrounds, which may include Splash Pads and Wading Pools
Buffer ZonesPlaygrounds - Buffer Zone 21-30 m
This bylaw is leading edge because it includes other weeds and substances by virtue of the phrase “whether or not the substance is tobacco” in the definition of smoking. The bylaw’s preamble cites section 11 of the Municipal Act, 2001. A buffer zone of 30 m around playgrounds is larger than in most communities, but it would be preferable to prohibit smoking in all parks.
Date Passed: July 21, 2008
Date in Force: July 21, 2008
Date Last Amended: November 2, 2009
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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