Outdoor smoke-free bylaws are becoming the new normal. Since the 2010 municipal elections, municipalities with outdoor smoke-free bylaws have climbed from 30 to nearly 70 across the province. In 2012, these municipalities all passed new outdoor smoke-free bylaws:
March 2012 – East Gwillimbury bans smoking from parks and playgrounds
April 2012 – Georgina bans smoking from parks, beaches and trails
May 2012 – Vaughan bans smoking from municipal buildings and recreational facilities
July 2012 – Oakville bans smoking from playgrounds and recreational facilities
October 2012 – Lakeshore bans smoking from parks, playgrounds and sports fields
Why is this important?
Together with Ottawa, these 5 municipalities join a rapidly growing list of municipalities protecting the public from the dangers of second-hand smoke by creating outdoor smoke-free spaces. Creating smoke-free places protects people – especially children – from second-hand smoke exposure and helps to de-normalize tobacco use. Children who do not see adults smoking are less likely to begin smoking.
Society volunteers and staff made outdoor smoke-free spaces a priority in the 2010 municipal elections. Your continued hard work is having results in the implementation of smoke-free bylaws across Ontario.
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Tobacco use continues to be the leading preventable cause of death and disease in Ontario. In Canada, it is estimated that smoking is responsible for 30% of all cancer deaths and is related to more than 85% of lung cancer cases.