Hantsport enacts smoke free outdoor spaces by law

07 November 2013

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The Canadian Cancer Society congratulates the Town of Hantsport for enacting a smoke free outdoor space by-law at Tuesday evening’s Town Council meeting.  The by-law will protect community members from exposure to second hand smoke in areas such as playgrounds, walking trails and sports fields.

“This by-law demonstrates Hantsport’s commitment to a healthier community,” says Kelly Cull, Manager of Government and Partner Relations.  “The mayor and council demonstrated considerable leadership and progressive thinking on this issue, and enacted a strong by-law that will protect all citizens from the hazards of second hand smoke.”

In Nova Scotia, over 1,700 people die each year from smoking related illness. Sadly, 200 more die from being exposed to second-hand smoke.

“Even if you don’t smoke the unfortunate truth is just being near someone who is smoking puts you at risk of developing lung, larynx and pharynx cancers. Smoke-free outdoor spaces can help reduce that risk,” added Cull.

Research shows that creating smoke-free outdoor spaces protects people – especially children – from second-hand smoke exposure.

“When smoking bans have been implemented, smokers have chosen to quit or cut back. It also helps prevent children from thinking smoking is a normal, social activity. If children don’t see adults smoking they are less likely to begin themselves,” said Cull.

For 75 years the Canadian Cancer Society has been with Canadians in the fight for life. We have been relentless in our commitment to prevent cancer, fund research and support Canadians touched by cancer. From this foundation, we will work with Canadians to change cancer forever so fewer Canadians are diagnosed with the disease and more survive. When you want to know more about cancer, visit our website at cancer.ca or call our toll-free bilingual Cancer Information Service at 1 888 939-3333; TTY, 1 866 786-3934.