If the Grey Bruce Health Unit has it their way, smoking in public places may be a thing of the past.
The Health Unit is launching a petition, asking councillors of Grey and Bruce to support a Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces by-law.
The suggested by-law would ban smoking at beaches, parks, playgrounds, ball parks, soccer fields, restaurant patios and entrances and exits of municipal facilities such as arenas and community halls.
The petition will circulate through out Grey and Bruce in a number of supporting website's and social media.
Public Health Manager Angela Newman says the bylaw would provide positive role models for children and would help environmentally.
Newman adds that the idea came from high school co-op students at the Health Unit.
The Health Unit hopes to get 10,000 signatures over the next year.
The petition will launch on May 31st, World No Tobacco Day, and is available online at www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca
World No Tobacco Day is designated by the World Health Organization to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and to advocate for strategies to reduce tobacco use
According to Stats Canada, almost 15 percent of non-smoking Grey Bruce residents report exposure to second hand smoke in vehicles and public places.
The two most common diseases associated with second hand smoke are lung cancer in adults and asthma in children.
For more information, contact Public Health by phone at 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456.
Online you can visit at www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca