Halton Regional Council passes bylaw prohibiting smoking and vaping in designated public places

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Published March 15, 2021 at 2:42 pm

Halton Regional Council has passed By-Law No. 40-20, prohibiting smoking and vaping in designated public places.

The bylaw, which comes into effect on Mar. 15, prohibits smoking tobacco or cannabis as well as vaping in public parks and within nine metres of any entrance or exit of municipal buildings and child care centres. .

The bylaw also complements the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

“The by-law ensures we are helping protect our community from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke and vapour,” said Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hamidah Meghani.

“The by-law also supports those who are trying to quit smoking and vaping and reduces social exposure to smoking and vaping, especially among youth.”

“Our top priority is the health and safety of our residents and our Public Health Inspectors will continue to educate the public about the by-law and respond to issues of non-compliance,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr.

The bylaw prohibits smoking tobacco or cannabis and using electronic cigarettes in public parks, within nine metres from any entrance or exit of municipally owned or leased buildings and within nine metres from any entrance or exit of child care centres.

Additionally, municipally-owned or leased buildings include municipal offices, community centres, libraries, arenas, museums, public washrooms, recreational centres, police stations, fire halls and ambulance stations, where signage will be placed.

Complaints about smoking or vaping in public places can be made by emailing [email protected] or by calling 311 to contact Halton Region Public Health.

For more information, visit halton.ca.

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