On Tuesday night, March 13th, the City of Port Coquitlam passed a bylaw that bans smoking in all parks, trails and playgrounds.
The ban goes into effect this spring, and also prohibits smoking marijuana and vaping in these areas.
Now, the only public areas to light up in the city are sidewalks, streets and parking lots.
“This new bylaw goes a long way to improving safety in our community, in terms of both personal health and reduced risk of outdoor fires,” Mayor Greg Moore said. “It’s an important issue and we’re happy to be taking this proactive step towards building a smoke-free community.”
The only two exemptions from the bylaw are ceremonial use of tobacco by First Nations and smoking by an actor in a theatrical production.
Port Coquitlam Smoking Ban
The new bylaw now restricts smoking and vaping:
- Within 7.5 metres of city and provincial building entrances, air vents and windows;
- Within 7.5 metres of both transit shelters and transit stops;
- In parks, sports fields, sports venues and playgrounds, and on city trails;
- In buildings where groups of people gather, such as a church, hall, bowling alley, school, library or museum; and
- On city streets when used for public outdoor events.
Last summer, the city temporarily banned smoking and propane barbecues in parks, trails and natural areas due to the heightened fire risk. Discarded cigarette butts were also a major source of fires in the city, and this point was taken into account.
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