Canadian Cancer Society congratulates The Town of Oxford for enacting a Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces by-law

20 November 2013

Halifax -

The Canadian Cancer Society extends congratulations to the Town of Oxford for enacting a smoke free outdoor space by-law at Monday 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. 

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. 

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

 “This by-law demonstrates Oxford’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.” 

 The Canadian Cancer Society is working in communities across the Province, to encourage that similar measures are taken across Nova Scotia. Currently, the Town of Wolfville and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality are actively considering similar by-laws.