The banishment of smoking?

Capital Regional District seeks public input on smoking ban

New law would make smokers butt out in parks, playgrounds, public squares, bus stops and within seven metres from doorways.

  • Jul. 11, 2014 9:00 a.m.

The Capital Regional District’s proposal to expand the controversial Clean Air Bylaw is one step away from becoming law.

Director voted 12-6 last Wednesday to ban smoking in parks, playgrounds, public squares, bus stops and within seven metres from doorways and air intakes, up from the current three metres.

Now the region is seeking more public comment on the bylaw with a public information session with CRD and Island Health staff today (July 23) from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the CRD board office, 625 Fisgard St.

To speak at the meeting, please register in advance via email at: cleanair@crd.bc.ca. You can also share feedback online at crd.bc.ca/cleanair by July, 25.

For more information on the new Clean Air Bylaw please go online to: www.crd.bc.ca/cleanair.

The Clean Air Bylaw was implemented on Jan. 1, 1999 and made all indoor public spaces smoke-free. On July 1, 2007, the bylaw was amended and all businesses were required to make patios smoke-free where food and beverages are served or consumed.

 

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