Halton Regional Council has passed By-Law No. 40-20, prohibiting smoking tobacco or cannabis and vaping in public parks and within nine metres from any entrance or exit of municipally owned or leased buildings and child care centres. The by-law comes into effect on March 15, 2021 and replaces By-Law No. 24-09 which had prohibited the smoking of tobacco within nine metres from any entrance or exit of municipally owned or leased buildings. The by-law complements the Smoke Free Ontario Act.
“The by-law ensures we are helping protect our community from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke and vapour,” said Halton Region’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Hamidah Meghani. “The by-law also supports those who are trying to quit smoking and vaping and reduces social exposure to smoking and vaping, especially among youth.”
“Our top priority is the health and safety of our residents and our Public Health Inspectors will continue to educate the public about the by-law and respond to issues of non-compliance,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr.
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