Wolfville | Nova Scotia

Protection from Second Hand Smoke By-Law, Chapter 96 (replaces Bylaw No. 72, Smoke Free Indoor Public Places Bylaw)

This bylaw prohibits smoking:

  • on municipally-owned property, including parks;
  • within 4 m of an entrance, window or air intake of all buildings to which the public has access;
  • on a street along a parade route when the parade is in progress, on any street that is closed for a public event, and on any street in a school area, as designated under the Motor Vehicle Act;
  • on sidewalks adjacent to “public places.”

In addition, no driver or passenger may smoke in a vehicle with children and youth under the age of 18 present.

As this bylaw replaces the previous bylaw that regulated smoking indoors, it also prohibits smoking inside public places and workplaces.

Products Included

Cigarettes, Cigars, Pipes, Other Weeds and Substances


“Smoke” or “Smoking” shall mean inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted cigarette, cigar, pipe, weed, plant, regulated narcotic, or other combustible substance.

“Public Event” includes, but is not limited to, a market, concert, festival or any other such event, whether admittance to the event is gratis or for a fee

“Public Place” means buildings, trails, paths, parks, playgrounds, cemetery’s [sic] and entrances thereto, and not so as to restrict the generality hereof, all lands, structures and facilities owned by or leased to the Town, including the grounds, parking lot and any adjacent sidewalk to such lands, structures or facilities.

“Street” means a public or private street, highway, road, lane, avenue, sidewalk, thoroughfare, bridge, square and the curbs, gutters, culverts and retaining walls in connection therewith.

Places Smoking Prohibited

Doorways, air intakes, operable windows
Municipal Property
Outdoor Events
Playgrounds, which may include Splash Pads and Wading Pools
Sports and Recreational Fields and Facilities

Buffer Zones

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

Policy Analysis

This is a very progressive bylaw and is deemed to be leading edge because it prohibits smoking on trails, streets, sidewalks, all municipal property, and at outdoor events including festivals, markets and parades. It also prohibits smoking in vehicles with youth under the age of 18 present, whereas the Smoke-Free Ontario Act only does so for youth under 16.

Age Restrictions

Private Vehicles with Children Present - 18

Date Passed: January 7, 2014

Date in Force: January 22, 2014

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: 902-542-5767 or 902-542-1068

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