Popular Regina pub goes smoke-free on World No Tobacco Day

30 May 2016

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Popular Regina pub goes smoke-free on World No Tobacco Day

O’Hanlon’s Irish Pub is marking World No Tobacco Day on May 31st by making its outdoor patio smoke-free. It’s also banning the use of e-cigarettes inside and on the patio. The popular pub on Regina’s Scarth Street Mall says it’s time. “Regina’s ready for this. We should’ve done it a long time ago,” says manager of O’Hanlon’s, Kurtis Tokarchuk.

The trend toward outdoor smoke-free places is growing. Seven Canadian provinces and dozens of municipalities no longer allow smoking on patios of restaurants and bars including Saskatoon, Warman and Martensville here in Saskatchewan. Saskatoon outdoor patios have been smoke-free since 2004. In fact, Winnipeg and Regina are the only 2 major cities in Canada that still allow smoking on outdoor patios where people eat and drink.

Several local businesses have voluntarily implemented smoke-free patios. Business owners say it’s a win for business, employees, and customers. The Beer Bros patio just down the street from O’Hanlon’s has been smoke-free since it opened eight years ago. “Customers don’t want to deal with second-hand smoke. It has been good for our business. I believe we’re busier because we promote a smoke-free environment,” says Greg Hanwell, manager of Beer Bros.

The public opinion poll also found that a majority (56%) indicated they would avoid an establishment that permits smoking on its outdoor patio and 53% say they have either moved to a different seat or left an outdoor restaurant or patio because of second-hand smoke. “We’re hoping our decision will inspire more Regina businesses to do the same, says Andrew Shanks, co- manager of O’Hanlon’s.



For more information, contact:

Donna Pasiechnik
Cancer Cancer Society
306-790-9871 or 306-533-5288


Kurtis Tokarchuk
Manager, O’Hanlon’s Irish Pub


Andrew Shanks
Manager, O’Hanlon’s Irish Pub

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For more information, please contact:

Donna Pasiechnik

Manager, Tobacco Control, Media & Government Relations

Canadian Cancer Society

Saskatchewan Division

Phone: 306-790-9871