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Expanding Smoking Ban

Grey Bruce | by Jon Meyer  

Health Unit supports plan to ban smoking at parks, patios and beaches.

The Grey Bruce Health Unit is backing a move to ban smoking on public beaches and on all restaurant patio's.

The move would also keep smokers from lighting up at soccer fields, at baseball diamonds and in front of arena's.

Medical Officer of Health Doctor Hazel Lynn says the current policy banning smoking from within 9 metres of an entrance doesn't work.

Doctor Lynn tells Bayshore Broadcasting News they've received numerous complaints, mostly from smoking at arena entrances.

The Health Unit passed a motion to join the Healthy Communities in their fight to de-normalize smoking in Grey Bruce.

The motion asks Grey and Bruce Counties and lower-tier municipalities to amend their smoke-free bylaws to include restaurant patio's, beaches, soccer fields, and hockey arena's.

Doctor Lynn says smoking shouldn't be allowed to influence kids enjoying the outdoors.

The current non-smoking signage and policy doesn't go far enough according to Doctor Lynn who would like to see a by-law in place and enforced.

Dioctor Lynn says nobody can be fined under a policy, while under a by-law smokers can be fined five thousand dollars.

If it gets passed, Doctor Lynn says the Health Unit would share their two smoke-free bylaw officers with municipalities.

The by-law would also see smoking banned from all entrances of municipal buildings.


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