In Canada, most provinces and many territories have enacted smokefree workplace laws. This is of no surprise, as a 2006 Ipsos Reid Survey found that 94 percent of Canadians support smokefree environments.

Alberta: As of January 2008, smoking is prohibited in public places and workplaces, including restaurants, bars, and casinos, as well as on patios and within 5 meters of doorways. Local municipalities have the right to enact stronger smokefree air regulations.

British Columbia: Smoking is prohibited in public places and workplaces, including restaurants, bars, and casinos, as well as within 3 meters of doorways, as of March 31, 2008. As of April 2009, smoking is prohibited in vehicles when passengers under age 16 are present. Local municipalities have the right to enact stronger smokefree air regulations.

Manitoba: As of October 1, 2004, all public places and workplaces, including restaurants, bars, bingo and bowling facilities, and casinos are 100% smokefree. Local municipalities also have the right to enact smokefree air regulations.

Newfoundland and Labrador: As of July 1, 2005, all hospitality establishments are 100% smokefree, smoking rooms are still allowed in workplaces not open to the public. Local municipalities have the right to enact stronger smokefree air regulations.

New Brunswick: As of June 30, 2004, smoking is prohibited in all workplaces, including restaurants, bars, bingo and bowling facilities, and casinos.

Northwest Territories: As of May 1, 2004, all public places and workplaces, including restaurants, bars, bingo and bowling facilities, and casinos are 100% smokefree. Local municipalities have the right to enact stronger smokefree air regulations.

Nova Scotia: Nova Scotia's workplaces and public places, including restaurants, bars, and casinos are 100% smokefree as of December 1, 2006. In addition, smoking is prohibited on all outdoor patios and within 4 meters of entrances. As of April 2008, smoking is prohibited in vehicles when passengers under age 19 are present. Local municipalities have the right to enact stronger smokefree air regulations.

Nunavut: As of February 1, 2004, all public places, workplaces, bingo and bowling facilities, and casinos are 100% smokefree. As of February 1, 2006, all restaurants and bars will be 100% smokefree. Local municipalities have the right to enact stronger smokefree air regulations.

Ontario: As of May 31, 2006, all workplaces and public places, including bars, restaurants, and casinos are 100% smokefree under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. Local municipalities have the right to enact stronger smokefree air regulations. As of January 2009, smoking is prohibited in vehicles when passengers under age 16 are present.

Prince Edward Island: Smoking is allowed in separately enclosed and ventilated rooms in public places and workplaces. Smoking is prohibited in bowling facilities. Local municipalities have the right to enact stronger smokefree air regulations.

Quebec: All public places in Quebec, including restaurants, bars, brasseries, taverns and bingo halls, are smokefree as of May 30, 2008. Local municipalities have the right to enact stronger smokefree air regulations.

Saskatchewan: As of January 1, 2005, all public places, including restaurants, bars, bingo and bowling facilities, and casinos are 100% smokefree. In May 2009, amendments went into effect to prohibit smoking in all enclosed places of employment. Local municipalities also have the right to enact smokefree air regulations.

Yukon: As of May 2008, all public places, workplaces, bingo and bowling facilities, and casinos are 100% smokefree. The law also prohibits smoking on bar and restaurant patios, near doorways and windows of smokefree buildings, and in vehicles when passengers under age 18 are present. Local municipalities have the right to enact stronger smokefree air regulations.

The Canadian Public Health Association resolved to hold its conventions in 100% smokefree jurisdictions, starting with its 2006 conference.

Smokefree & Related News

Smoking to be banned in social housing
Northern Daily News - July 23, 2014

With the support of about 60 per cent of surveyed tenants, the District of Timiskaming Social Services Administration Board is banning smoking in and around ...

North Bay tenant wants bylaw to provide smoke-free apartments - July 23, 2014

She said she takes five medications for her lungs and the smell of smoke can be so ... He said landlords can try to set restrictions on smoking with tenants before ...

Condo eyes smoking ban after devastating fire - July 22, 2014

The fact that the condo board did not already have a smoking ban in place means it ... Noce says the provincial government should consider banning smoking ...

Second-hand pot smoke an issue-in-waiting: Esquimalt mayor
Victoria (BC) Times Colonist - June 29, 2014

Second-hand marijuana smoke is an issue waiting in the wings for local politicians and health officials to tackle as soon as its legal, says Esquimalt Mayor Barb Desjardins.

Smoking ban on patios sought
Winnipeg Free Press - June 26, 2014

City council would like to kick butts off Winnipeg patios -- but it's unclear when or even if an outdoor smoking ban will happen. In an unexpected move Wednesday, council approved a plan to ask provincial health authorities to investigate the idea of banning smoking on outdoor patios.

EPC To Consider Smoking Ban On Public Patios
CJOB - June 25, 2014

A poll conducted earlier this year by the Manitoba Tobacco Reduction Alliance says 67 per cent of Winnipeggers want smoking banned on public patios.

Most Comprehensive Smoke-Free Law - June 24, 2014

Tecumseh residents can no longer smoke at public parks, recreation facilities, ... certain metres from the playscapes, but we went with a full ban from the parks.

UNB bans use of e-cigarettes inside buildings
CTV News - June 18, 2014

The University of New Brunswick is one of the first universities in Canada to ban e-cigarettes from being used inside any of its buildings. ... We would like to see e-cigarettes across the board treated as a tobacco product so any laws that apply to where and when and how you use a tobacco product ...

DSB social housing units will go smoke free effective January 1
Manitoulin Expositor - April 30, 2014

MANITOULIN- Following a survey of Manitoulin-Sudbury District Service Board (DSB) tenants on going smoke free within DSBs social housing units, the board passed a motion that, effective January 1, 2015, a smoke free policy will be enacted.

McLennan-Redpath Terrace goes smoke-free
McGill Reporter - April 25, 2014

The newly refurbished McLennan-Redpath Terrace in front of the McLennan and Redpath Library Buildings is going smoke-free next week in an effort to ...

Caesars 'remains commited' to Windsor despite sliding revenues
Windsor Star (blog) - April 24, 2014

Thanks largely to the introduction in recent years of tighter restrictions to cross the Canada-U.S. border and non-smoking legislation across Ontario, revenues ...

Students 'vaping' in Burnaby schools
Burnaby Now - April 24, 2014

Up in vapour: Students are smoking e-cigarettes in local schools, but the ... Electronic cigarettes were recently banned in Vancouver schools, and the ... and to recommend the devices be added to the school smoking bans. ... cigarette ban for Burnaby schools because the current smoking ban covers all types of smoking.

CRD should ban outdoor smoking
Times Colonist - April 24, 2014

Some naysayers suggest that increasing smoking restrictions around entranceways to seven metres, and banning tobacco use in parks, beaches and ...

Today's letters: Light 'em if you got 'em (except in Victoria)
National Post - April 24, 2014

This smoking ban is no more than bullying tactics, as exhaust from motor ... legislation” and insists that secondhand smoke (SHS) bans increase tobacco users' ...

Proposed bylaw would effectively ban public smoking in Victoria, BC
Yahoo News Canada (blog) - April 22, 2014

And those who rent in non-smoking apartments and don't have cars? ... This table, compiled by the Non-Smokers' Rights Association in 2012, outlines all local ...

Board of health ponders response to e-cigarette quandary
Wallaceburg Courier Press - April 22, 2014

Board of health members in Chatham-Kent wonder if e-cigarettes should be ... If candy sticks that resemble cigarettes are banned, shouldn't e-cigarettes be ...

Legality of e-cigarettes? - April 22, 2014

In the few short years since the term electronic cigarettes entered the Canadian lexicon, the popularity of the devices has exploded. "Vaping" has entered pop ...

E-cigarettes in regulatory grey zone: Are they banned or aren't they?
CTV News - April 22, 2014

So do e-cigarettes help smokers kick their habit, or re-enforce it? ... They also want regulation on e-cig ingredients and bans on vaping in public places. ... harmful” to lungs and called for an all-out ban on the sale of e-cigarettes until their ... Last December, New York City passed a bill banning vaping in restaurants, bars and ...

Marni Soupcoff: A need to kick the no-smoking habit
National Post - April 22, 2014

If smokers don't like the punitive and confining restrictions, they can just quit smoking. It's really their own problem for having such a dirty habit in the first place.

Breakenridge: Where there's e-smoke, there's a fire on city council
Calgary Herald - April 21, 2014

After city council's ill-fated attempt to ban the sale of shark fins, perhaps it was only a ... about people using e-cigarettes in places where smoking is banned.

As Victoria public smoking ban looms, sympathetic city councillors ...
National Post-by Tristin Hopper - April 21, 2014

With Victoria set to ban virtually all forms of public smoking, city councillors in the B.C. capital are mulling the creation of small patches of neutral ground in which ...

Provincial legislation could halt smoking on patios
CTV News - April 21, 2014

The law was introduced last fall and bans smoking on playgrounds, sports fields and ... In 2006 smoking was banned indoors and she says "We lost a lot of money. ... If it passes, the patio smoking ban is expected to come into effect on Jan.

Don't Take Away the Joy of Cigarettes From the Mentally Ill
Huffington Post Canada - April 21, 2014

If Toronto Star columnist Rosie Dimanno's revelations about the new policies at the Centre For Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto aren't enough to result in an immediate change in its leadership, then the response by their director, Dr Catherine Zahn, is. Ms DiManno's recent column described how CAMH is going totally smoke free. Not content to prevent patients from smoking on their grounds, they have now instituted a policy whereby patients are not even allowed to have tobacco on hospital property. If a patient wishes to go across the street for a smoke (a common occurrence at all smoke free hospitals) they cannot bring back the pack. They would have to buy a package of smokes, smoke one or more and then throw the rest away because the hospital will not allow them to keep cigarettes in their lockers.

Home News Canada E-cigarettes are odourless, so can you use them anywhere?
Cambridge Times - April 21, 2014

Natalia Jakobowska has not tried any of the cheesecake varieties yet.

Manitoba Targeting Flavored Cigarettes
NACS Online - April 21, 2014

SASKATCHEWAN, Canada The Manitoba government is moving to ban the sale of flavored cigarettes, the CBC reports. The measure is designed to prevent young people from smoking. "No parent wants their child to smoke and we should do whatever we can to keep them from picking up this dangerous habit in the first place," said Healthy Living Minister Sharon Blady. "Cigarettes that taste like strawberry and bubble gum in flashy packaging are attractive to children and encourage them to experiment with tobacco. It's time that we remove these products from the shelves to help our kids avoid tobacco all together.

Vaping: The battle for acceptance in Canada is rising
MetroNews Canada - April 20, 2014

So that's vaping, says Ackerman, a director of the Electronic Cigarette Trade Association ... who hasn't had a puff of tobacco since she took up e-cigarettes last year. ... The flavourings are among e-cigarettes' key selling points says Ackerman, with ... to approve the sale or import of devices or liquid refills containing nicotine.

Butt out on main drag
Victoria News - April 18, 2014

Changes to the bylaw will extend a smoking ban within the region in all public spaces, including parks and bus stops. As well, the current buffer zone between ...

Alternative to tobacco cigarettes offered at new Truro retail outlet
Truro Daily News - April 18, 2014

Michael Bitar, co-owner of VAPORhub in Truro, displays a couple of the electronic cigarette models available in his retail shop. Harry Sullivan – Truro Daily ...

'Social engineering' or not, we're better off
www.ottawacommunitynews. com - April 17, 2014

Then, with considerably more controversy, smoking was banned in bars and ... jury may be out on the economic impact of banning smoking in restaurants and bars. ... about social engineering, particularly as smoking bans spread out of doors.

Getting kids off flavoured tobacco
Brandon Sun - April 17, 2014

EMILY CUMMING / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Ben Otto, who started smoking at 16, says he would consider quitting if they banned flavoured tobacco. ... after hearing the province is working toward banning flavoured tobacco products. ... The proposed legislation would ban the popular flavoured cigar brands Otto smokes, ...

Campus up in smoke: Quitting for myself (and others)
North Wind Online - April 17, 2014

So there are double standards when it comes to health, and smoking happens to be an ... Ultimately, none of my arguments against the ban really hold up in my mind. ... And there is a great deal to be gained from banning tobacco on campus.

Victoria mayor lacks compassion for smokers
Times Colonist - April 17, 2014

Presumably, in his mind, smoking only in designated areas that can be avoided by nonsmokers doesn't constitute managing one's addictions. What then does ...

Happy vapour trails
NOW Magazine-by Benjamin Boles - April 17, 2014

Plus, it seems more wholesome to check out the pot bar scene with my ... Also, since their clients are less disruptive than loud drunks spilling out of bars, there .

City wants you to butt out when at Celebration Square
Mississauga - April 16, 2014

Smoking will be banned on Celebration Square and around City Hall as of the Victoria ... Smokers looking for a quick hit of nicotine will be permitted to light up in ...

Air Canada's E-Cigarette Ban To Be More Strictly Upheld After Passengers Vaping Complaint
Medical Daily - April 16, 2014

Rather than completely giving up smoking, many Americans are opting to switch to e-cigarettes. Due to the novelty, there is not much enforcement on where ...

Editorial: Smoking stupid but not a crime
Times Colonist - April 16, 2014

Public-health officials are proposing amendments to the CRD's Clean Air Bylaw that would ban smoking in parks and public squares, and would expand the ...

Kingston Council welcomes smoking ban at playgrounds, sports ...
Herald Sun - April 15, 2014

The ban, which came into force on April 1 and has the support of Kingston ... With such strong community support for these smoking bans, we expect most ...

RECAP St. Catharines city council April 14
St. Catharines Standard - April 15, 2014

There will also be a presentation from Niagara Region's public health department on the proposed ban on smoking in parks and one from developer Leo ...

Air Canada let man 'vape' e-cigarette on board, says passenger - April 14, 2014

An Air Canada flight crew did nothing to stop a man "vaping" an electronic cigarette during a flight from Calgary to Toronto two weeks ago, says a passenger She says none of the flight crew told the man to stop, despite Air Canada policy stating passengers are forbidden to vape on their flights. "Air Canada's policy, which crews are aware of and uphold, is that e-cigarettes are not permitted to be used on board Air Canada flights," said Angela Mah, a spokeswoman for the airline, in an email to CBC News.

Bylaw restricting outdoor smoking in Guelph takes first step forward - April 13, 2014

Guelph has moved a step closer to enacting a Smoke-Free Municipal Public Spaces bylaw after the community and social services committee last week ..

Designated smoking areas pushed in Victoria
Times Colonist - April 13, 2014

Public health officials should consider establishing designated smoking areas as they craft a bylaw to ban smoking in parks, playgrounds and public squares, say Victoria councilors...

Smokers face tighter rules
New Westminster News - April 10, 2014

They also banned smoking on outdoor patios at bars and restaurants, and ... said those total bans are cumbersome to enforce and could push smokers to nearby ... Other communities, like Richmond and West Vancouver, ban smoking within ...

Minister clarifies smoking policy in seniors homes
Journal Pioneer - April 10, 2014

In 2009, the province designated some seniors' buildings smoke-free or sections of them smoke-free. Docherty said the intention was to move slowly in the ...

Minister clarifies province's smoking policy in seniors homes
The Guardian Charlottetown - April 9, 2014

The issue of seniors smoking in provincial seniors' homes made it to the floor of the P.E.I. legislature on Tuesday.

New Westminster toughens smoking regulations
The Record (New Westminster) - April 9, 2014

Because almost all restaurant and pub patios in New Westminster have voluntarily been made nonsmoking by their owner, staff say the smoking ban on patios ...

Inglis Place business owner urges smokers to butt out
Truro Daily News - April 9, 2014

I'd like to see a ban on smoking in the alleys and behind the buildings, said Terry Sack, owner of Estate ... I think it should be banned around all the buildings.

Popularity of electronic cigarettes may be driving spike in hash oil production, Edmonton police say (with video)
Edmonton Journal - April 9, 2014

Another type of oil industry is booming in Alberta. Electronic cigarettes loaded with hash oil cartridges are becoming an increasingly popular way to get a more intense high without getting caught.

Hospital wants grounds protected by town's smoke bylaw
South Shore Now - April 8, 2014

"Currently, South Shore Health provides a smoke-free and tobacco-free environment in the buildings, and on the grounds and 'outside areas' of property we own ...

Winning the war on smoking
Ottawa Sun - April 8, 2014

In fact, just a few short years ago, he thought the idea of telling smokers they shouldn't ... And banning smoking in all parks, all in good time, Levy said hopefully.

'Disgusting' cigarette butt litter has Ottawa mayor suggesting mandatory outdoor ashtrays
Ottawa Citizen - April 8, 2014

You just keep adding cost, on cost, on cost, he said, adding it's already difficult to enforce non-smoking on Ottawa patios. Focusing on education to prevent litter ..

Next on the Toronto Board of Health's hit list: e-cigarettes
Toronto Life - April 7, 2014

These are the wild-west days of e-cigarettes. For the time being, there are no real social or legal conventions to govern where a person can use them. Toronto restaurant and bar patrons are learning to cope with the alarming sight of people blowing smoke indoors with impunity. (In reality, the stuff that comes out of e-cigs isnt smoke at all; its a vapour of propylene glycol and glycerin.)

Canadian Electronic Cigarettes Company Launches New Website,
PRNewswire - Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release) - April 7, 2014

ONTARIO, Canada, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ --, a new Canadian electronic cigarettes company that offers only the most technologically ...

E-cig retailers stand up to Health Canada
Ottawa Sun - April 6, 2014

"(E-cigarettes) are not a medical product, so saying it's not approved, without qualifying that it's not approved as a medical product, is dishonest," said Ackerman.

No proof e-cigarettes are safe
CANOE - April 5, 2014

Not only are electronic cigarettes ineffective in helping people quit smoking, "vaping" may be doing more harm than good. There is no widely-accepted data that ...

E-cigarettes can save lives
Ottawa Sun - April 5, 2014

David Sweanor sums up the dangers of smoking and thus his primary argument in favour of e-cigarettes in four simple words: Its the smoke, stupid. Weve known for decades that if we can deliver the nicotine without the process of combustion, we could essentially end the epidemic, says Sweanor, University of Ottawa law professor who has spent 30 years as a public health advocate.

Growing debate over the safety of e-cigarettes: Good or bad
Ottawa Sun - April 5, 2014

Its the latest rage in glamour drugs, smuggled across Canadian borders or cooked up in secretive labs, but its not being peddled on street corners or in shady drug dens.

A year in wisecracks 2013-2014
Muse - April 4, 2014

At least those anti-smoking posters let us non-smokers feel good about ourselves. MUNSU to start the battle for work-term equity. We get it—it's unfortunate that ...

Flouting Peel's Outdoor Smoking By-law will cost you $250
CanIndia News - April 4, 2014

The idea is to protect non-smokers from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke. If you know of a place where the law is being flouted, you can call (905) ...

E-cigarette option to hit Grande Prairie
Alberta Daily Herald Tribune - April 2, 2014

The vaping craze has hit Grande Prairie, according to new business owner Cory Carson of vaporHUB. Carson and Wilson both said many people in Grande Prairie already use e-cigarettes and e-liquids but are limited for places to purchase the products. For that ...

Calgary to study e-cigarettes with an eye to regulation
Council votes to look into the safety around electronic cigarettes - March 31, 2014

The City of Calgary will study the effect of electronic cigarettes and look at the ... Colleen Kahut-Seminuk says she uses her electronic cigarettes around the city.

Smoke-free Burlington parks
Hamilton Spectator - March 31, 2014

No fooling on this one: Burlington's city parks are going smoke-free as of April 1. Council approved a bylaw amendment last November to ban smoking in city parks and recreation facilities. Exceptions include LaSalle Park Pavilion, Discovery Landing, Paletta Mansion and the Tyandaga golf course, where smoking will be allowed in designated areas.

Council to consider merits of banning e-cigarettes indoors
Calgary Herald - March 31, 2014

Diane Colley-Urquhart will bring a notice of motion to council on Monday seeking a working group to look at the impacts of electronic cigarettes and whether ...

Hanover Hospital Butts Out
Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre March 29, 2014

The Hanover and District Hospital will soon be smoke free. The hospital staff are making preparations to be smoke free on the site this Spring. As of May 31st, the Hanover and District Hospital will go smoke free -- just like every other hospital in Bruce and Grey Counties.

Maple Ridge snuffs out smoking bylaw
Maple Ridge News - March 27, 2014

Other parts of the new bylaw would have banned smoking from beaches, ... of three metres from doors and windows and bans tobacco from school grounds.

Anti outdoor smoking bylaw presented to council
Wellington Advertiser - March 27, 2014

KENILWORTH - A proposed outdoor smoking ban for Wellington County ... and 76% believe banning smoking in outdoor spaces can help to protect pe

Shisha bars may go up in smoke
NOW Magazine - March 27, 2014

He's recommending a smoking ban on the lounges. ... 4 Ontario jurisdictions that have banned the indoor use of water pipes (Peterborough, ... two business owners took the city of Vancouver to court claiming the bylaw banning the smoking of ...

Smoking on patios could be snuffed out in North Vancouver - March 27, 2014

Lysyshyn also requested a smoking ban in parks, playgrounds and beaches. ... Should smoking be banned on patios or should smokers have the right to smoke ...

Make Toronto public areas smoke-free: Jennifer Kerwood's Big Idea
Toronto Star - March 26, 2014

How will the big idea work: Secondhand smoke is not only deadly in the long term, it can be dangerous in the short term too. The way the laws are now our city is ...

Hanover hospital plans to ban smoking
The Post - Ontario - March 26, 2014

Hanover and District Hospital is preparing for a ban on smoking on hospital ... a patient with a prescription for medical marijuana would be allowed to smoke it in the ... "To give the staff and the public and the people who use the hospital time to ...

Minto Considers Outdoor Smoking Ban - March 24, 2014

Minto council wants to take a look at a policy which would ban smoking outdoors on ... it won't have any teeth for enforcement, but still may cut down on smoking.

Health unit's smoking survey valuable
Orangeville Banner - March 21, 2014

...Secondly, reports from the American Journal of Health in 2004, one year following New York City's smoking ban, state there were 3,800 fewer admissions to ...

BC's top doc worried about second-hand e-cigarette vapour
News1130 - March 20, 2014

“It creates a whole different environment if they are smoking inside. I think personally smoking everywhere should be banned,” he tells us. ...

Liberals target flavoured tobacco - March 20, 2014

... Wellness Minister Leo Glavine said on Thursday that his government is looking at comprehensive legislation this spring that would also include e-cigarettes.

Owners Smoked Out By Neighbours
Mondaq News Alerts (registration) - March 19, 2014

Q: Each floor in our highrise condo has six suites. On one floor, the residents of one suite are heavy smokers. You can smell smoke throughout the other units and common area on the same floor. The smokers claim that they have the right to smoke in their unit. This has led to an uncomfortable secondhand smoke environment for the other owners. Since so many people are environmentally sensitive, is there anything that we can do?

Council targets smoke-free Lumby
Abbotsford News - March 19, 2014

Opportunities to smoke in Lumby could be severely restricted. The village is in the early stages of considering a bylaw that may ban smoking for all residents in public spaces such as trails, parks and even possibly sidewalks.

Toronto Public Health says city should consider hookah ban in cafes
Toronto Star-by Patty Winsa - March 18, 2014

Toronto Public Health wants to regulate hookah cafes after evidence of carcinogens released from herbal product called shisha.

Maple Ridge council eyes wider smoking ban
Maple Ridge Times - March 18, 2014

While it was recommended that smoking be banned six metres from buildings, this has been expanded to 7.5 metres so it would align with the bylaw in place in ...

HSN to go smoke-free April 1 - March 17, 2014

Health Sciences North will have a non-smoking policy for all staff and patients on April 1, 2014.

Sudbury hospital smoking ban won't stop 'sneaky' smokers - March 17, 2014

... intervening and providing them the opportunity to consider nicotine replacement therapy, Mark Hartman said, adding they often go on to remain tobacco-free.

City of North Van to expand smoking ban
North Shore News - March 14, 2014

And the mayor showed little interest in banning smoking at the legion. ... Lysyshyn said studies have shown that tobacco bans on patios only have neutral or ...

Put down that hookah: the Toronto Board of Health wants to crack ...
Toronto Life - March 14, 2014

Shisha smokers aren't exclusively 20-something kids and Drake; social hookah use is traditional in the Middle East. In the meantime, smoke 'em while you've ...

Redpath terrace to ban smoking
McGill Daily - March 13, 2014

During its February session, the Post-Graduate Students' Society (PGSS) Council approved a motion to endorse the McGill Library's plan to designate the ...

Ban smoking on City of North Van pub patios: medical health officer
North Shore Outlook-by Michaela Garstin - March 12, 2014

In 2008, provincial regulations came into effect prohibiting smoking in ... The idea that there is enough ventilation on patios is not the case,” he told council.

Health Canada tracks e-cigarettes - March 12, 2014

But anti-smoking groups have called for tighter restrictions on e-cigarettes. The Canadian Lung Association called them gimmicky, unproven methods and ...

Kill patio smoking, Public Health advises
Guelph Mercury - March 10, 2014

Of those surveyed in Guelph, 71 per cent were female, with 62 per cent of respondents being non-smokers, 22 per cent former smokers, 10 per cent daily ...

No plans to ban tobacco sales in BC drugstores
CMAJ - March 7, 2014

British Columbia often receives praise for its success in reducing smoking, but many ... refusal to join the rest of Canada in banning tobacco sales in drugstores.

Vancouver School Board considers banning e-cigarettes - March 4, 2014

School Board Chair Patti Bacchus says the Vancouver Coastal Health encouraged them to prohibit the use of electronic cigarettes on school property.

VSB moves to ban e-cigarettes amid concern from VCH
News1130 - March 2, 2014

Vancouver Coastal Health is so concerned a rising number of kids are bringing electronic cigarettes to Vancouver schools, it has asked the Vancouver School Board to ban the alternative smokes...

Reported municipal costs from outdoor smoke-free by-laws ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release) - February 28, 2014

In 2006, enclosed public and workplaces in Ontario were made smoke-free by the Smoke-free Ontario Act (SFOA). Numerous area municipalities across the ...

Vancouver School Board poised to ban electronic cigarettes - February 28, 2014

The Vancouver School Board is recommending that students and teachers be banned from using electronic cigarettes on school property. Electronic cigarettes ...

Time to embrace — and regulate — e-cigarettes
National Post - February 28, 2014

Are electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) the answer to smokers' prayers or a major threat to progress in reducing smoking rates? Too much remains unknown to ...

E-cigarettes could save the government billions
National Post - February 28, 2014

If you want to understand what life is like for the Canadian entrepreneurs who are seeking to serve the growing demand for electronic cigarettes, consider me.

Tenants divided over smokers butting out in Manitoba Housing
CTV News - February 27, 2014

She said she hates smoking and would like to see it banned inside and on Manitoba ... Supporters of a smoking ban in Manitoba Housing said it's more than a ...

Public health unit unveils plan for outdoor smoking ban
Wellington Advertiser - February 27, 2014

...Public health recommends the bylaw consist of a complete smoking ban in... 76% believe banning smoking in outdoor spaces can help to protect people from ...

Paris man will press for smoking ban
Paris Star - February 25, 2014

A disappointed Jeff Summerhayes vows to approach Brant County council again with his plea for a bylaw prohibiting smoking in outdoor common areas. The Paris man, who has cystic fibrosis, says he was taken by surprise when he received a letter a week ago from the county clerk's office informing him of what had happened with his request made in a delegation to council last October for a bylaw that would ban lighting up in parks, ball diamonds and other outdoor recreation areas.

E-cigarettes could save the government billions
National Post - February 25, 2014

If you want to understand what life is like for the Canadian entrepreneurs who are seeking to serve the growing demand for electronic cigarettes, consider me.

City seeks $250 fine for smoking on Thunder Bay hospital property - February 24, 2014

Despite a smoking ban on the grounds of Thunder Bay's hospital, issuing tickets remains a problem, as the city says it doesn't have the necessary wording and ...

Support for smoke ban?
Brockville Recorder and Times - February 20, 2014

Smoke drifts off the end of a cigarette of a patron outside the Commercial Hotel on ... which also bans flavoured tobacco and increases fines for sales to minors. ... The town of Smiths Falls in 2012 passed a bylaw banning smoking in municipal ...

Will ask council to strengthen smoking prohibitions
Chatham Daily News - February 19, 2014

Board of health members also asked council to amend its smoke-free bylaw to allow an opt-in clause for any business owner or event planner who wishes their ...

New West council can't agree where smokers should butt out
The Record (ca) - February 14, 2014

The Fraser Health Authority wants the city to ban smoking in parks as part of a larger plan to reduce secondhand smoke, but council is grappling with some of the proposed restrictions

New West council can't agree where smokers should butt out
The Record (New Westminster) - February 14, 2014

The City of New Westminster is having a hard time quitting smoking in parks. ... that would impose further restrictions on public areas where people could smoke.

Outdoor smoking ban wins triple majority - February 13, 2014

Niagara's towns and cities have overwhelmingly given their blessing to a ban on smoking in many outdoor spaces in the region. Regional Chair Gary Burroughs ...

Nova Scotia eyes ban on e-cigarettes in public places
Canadian Safety Reporter - February 11, 2014

In some cases, Strang says e-cigarettes are being used by smokers to get around widespread smoking bans, allowing them to sustain their hand-to-mouth habit ...

E-cigarette debate divides regulators and consumers
CMAJ - February 10, 2014

The move to regulate nicotine-containing electronic cigarettes has highlighted the lack of research about their health hazards, leading to a backlash from consumers who use the device as a nicotine-replacement therapy. Though some users think these e-cigarettes are a godsend, helping them quit or cut back on real cigarettes, the lack of research into their long-term effects is "a cause for concern," says Dr. Milan Khara, clinical director of the Tobacco Dependence Clinic at Vancouver Coastal Health Addiction Services in British Columbia

Nova Scotia eyes ban on e-cigarettes in public places amid debate
News1130 - February 10, 2014

The Non-Smokers' Rights Association is calling on Health Canada to strengthen its regulations in response to the growing demand for e-cigarettes in the ...

LETTER: More smoke-free zones would be a wise move
Nelson Star - February 9, 2014

As I write this letter, 72 per cent of respondents to the Nelson Star's question of the week Should the City of Nelson create more smoke-free zones in public ...

Smoke-Free Policy for Social Housing
Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre - February 8, 2014

As of January 1st, Grey County Social Housing implemented a smoke-free policy in their residential units - and the same has been done in Bruce County.

Health groups advocated for smoke-free bylaws at SUMA convention
Southwest Booster - February 5, 2014

As municipal representatives gathered in Regina for the annual convention of the Saskatchewan Association of Urban Municipalities (SUMA), health groups ...

E-cigarette ignites debate, sales, in Winnipeg
CTV News - February 5, 2014

The e-juice inside the e-cigarettes contain water, flavoring and sometime nicotine. ... However, e-cigarettes are unregulated and not yet proven safe by Health ...

Condo complex bans smoking in all units, on grounds
Kawartha Media Group - February 5, 2014

PETERBOROUGH -- Local residents are breathing easier thanks to major steps taken by two housing organizations to create smoke-free environments.

Grey County Social Housing Adopts Smoke-Free Policy
The Meaford Independent - February 4, 2014

As of January 1, Grey County Social Housing implemented a smoke-free policy in their residential units. The issue of second-hand smoke in multi-unit housing ...

Advocates want SUMA to discuss banning smoking outdoors - February 3, 2014

Health groups at this weeks SUMA convention are calling on municipal leaders to take a stronger stance against smoking.

Where there's smoke E-cigarettes pose challenges to regulators
Edmonton Journal - February 3, 2014

I remember having this RCMP officer come over and really give me a piece of his mind, until he realized what the product was and then he was very intrigued, said Shanu Mohamedali, who was using an electronic cigarette that night to promote the devices sold by his company, Smoke NV. That was part of my job then, to go out there and get a reaction.

VCH pushes for tougher smoke bans
Coast Reporter - February 1, 2014

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) is pushing to extend smoking bans on the Sunshine Coast, claiming there is significant support from Coast residents.

Drewlo Holdings brings convenience to apartment living
Waterloo Record - February 1, 2014

Also, some of Drewlo's properties in London, Burlington, and now Kitchener, are smoke-free buildings. This allows renters the choice of smoking or totally ...

DSB moves towards smoke free rental units
Manitoulin Expositor (ca) - January 30, 2014

Director of Integrated Social Services Donna Moroso delivered a report reviewing the issues in moving toward a smoke free social housing policy to the Manitoulin-Sudbury District Services Board (DSB).

Jan. 29: Smoking in retirement homes – and other letters to the editor
Globe and Mail (ca) - January 29, 2014

There will always be defiant smokers, so all rooms should be equipped with alarms that sound if someone lights up. A senior with a history of sneaking cigarettes into his or her room should be permanently expelled, thus preventing other seniors from

DSB moves towards smoke free rental units
Manitoulin Expositor - January 29, 2014

ESPANOLADirector of Integrated Social Services Donna Moroso delivered a report reviewing the issues in moving toward a smoke free social housing policy to the Manitoulin-Sudbury District Services Board (DSB)...

PoV: City right to extend limits on smoking
The Sudbury Star - January 29, 2014

It was perfectly reasonably for city council ban smoking on most city property, and ... But alcohol is a legal product, and restrictions are much more stringent.

Council meeting cancelled
Cramahe Now - January 29, 2014

Also on the agenda was a proposed bylaw to restrict smoking in playgrounds and municipal buildings. The township will consider establishing the Castleton ...

EDITORIAL: Going smoke-free
Nelson Star - January 28, 2014

Smoking has been on the decline for years and if the city does create more smoke-free areas, that can only help the process. But there is another challenge on ...

Vancouver Coastal Health calls for e-cigarettes ban
24 Hours Vancouver - January 28, 2014

Vancouver Coastal Health is trying to convince cities and schools to ban electronic cigarettes though the vaporizers don't legally contain nicotine at places ...

OUR VIEW: Keep e-cigs out of kids' hands
Campbell River Mirror - January 28, 2014

This is problematic, because while e-cigarettes may be nicotine- and smoke-free, their use by children normalizes and glamourizes tobacco, and could ...

Anti-smoking activists seek new regulations for electronic cigarettes ...
Vancouver Desi - January 28, 2014

B.C.s top doctor is calling for electronic cigarettes and vaping to be regulated after an 11-year-old was able to buy one in a Tsawwassen corner store.

Laval council to ban smoking outside municipal buildings
Laval News - January 27, 2014

After rejecting a resolution tabled by an independent city councillor that would ban smoking near the entrances of Laval's arenas, Mayor Marc Demers says he ...

Golden Globe Awards Bring Electronic Cigarettes into the Spotlight
My Fashion Life - January 27, 2014

Electronic cigarettes are now treading a familiar path to many fashionable items being brought into the spotlight by celebrities, criticised by the Government and authorities and then seeing their popularity rise subsequently.

E-cigarettes harmful or helpful?
Beacon News (blog - January 26, 2014

Health professionals dubious about benefits of e-cigarettes Use of e-cigarettes produces a second-hand vapour that can contain nicotine, propylene glycol (a respiratory irritant), flavourings and traces of heavy metals.

Father furious after mall kiosk sells e-cigarette to 11-year-old son
Vancouver Sun - January 26, 2014

A South Delta father is upset that a store recently sold his young son an electronic cigarette. While the device contains no nicotine, just a flavoured vapour that can be inhaled and exhaled like smoke, Joe Braico was left shocked and angry the store would sell it to a child. "One of his friends had bought one there earlier in the week, he thought it was pretty cool and he wanted one for himself," he said, adding his son thought it was "just like candy."

EDITORIAL: Keep e-cigs out of kids' hands
South Delta Leader - January 24, 2014

A new product has hit store shelves with the potential to do great harm. Electronic nicotine-free cigarette-style vaporizers are designed to give smokers the pleasure and feeling of smoking a cigarette, without the nicotine and carcinogenic smoke.

Province to get tougher on teenage smoking - January 23, 2014

Ontario is taking new steps to deter youth from smoking. Banning the sale of flavoured tobacco products to make smoking less appealing to ... In Ottawa, the city has approved the phasing in of a smoking ban in all of its ...

Nelson to consider suggestion for more smoke-free zones
Nelson Star - January 23, 2014

Nelson council will consider making more of the city's public spaces smoke-free at the request of Interior Health. As part of national non-smoking week, Interior ...

E-cigarettes call for reasoned regulation
Cape Breton Post - January 23, 2014

Both the provincial and federal governments have roles to play in regulating controversial electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes. Arguably, it's more critical for the ...

Ban on nicotine-loaded e-cigarettes aggressively enforced while ...
National Post-by Tom Blackwell - January 21, 2014

E-cigarette businesses and some anti-smoking advocates argue the ... already said it will include e-cigarettes in laws banning indoor smoking and sales to minors. ... their habit indoors, negating the deterrent impact of smoking bans, he said.

Make Sparks Street Mall smoke free, group argues - January 22, 2014

Gagne said he'll listen to the council's arguments and bring the smoke-free designation to his board for consideration. "I'd want to make sure it doesn't have a ...

Aim to quit for good during National Non-Smoking Week
Southwest Booster - January 22, 2014

January 19-25 is National Non-Smoking Week and the Cypress Health Region is taking the opportunity to encourage those struggling with tobacco addiction to ...

Medical health officer seeks e-cigarette ban
Chilliwack Progress - January 22, 2014

The rise in popularity of electronic cigarettes has prompted medical health officers throughout the country to call for restrictions in their usage. Fraser Health chief ...

City goes smoke free
Western Star - January 21, 2014

CORNER BROOK Corner Brooks city-owned-and-operated recreational facilities and open green spaces are now smoke free. The city will also not accept contributions or gifts or other sponsorships from tobacco companies that require advertising of their products either in print, through ...

School initiative highlights non-smoking week in Saskatchewan - January 21, 2014

REGINA An innovative school initiative program will return during national non-smoking week in Saskatchewan. The government announced today 'View and ...

Ten years without public smoking
Moose Jaw Times-Herald - January 20, 2014

Still a teacher, she said she now uses the battle for smoke-free restaurants and businesses in the Friendly City to educate her new generations of students.

Butt out for non-smoking week? - January 21, 2014

Creating smoke-free environments is a great way to improve the health of your community. Smoke-free outdoor spaces are very effective in helping children and ...

Cancer, Smoking-Related Mortality Rates Up In Quebec
Huffington Post Canada - January 19, 2014

The council's report was released Sunday, on the first day of 2014's Quebec Tobacco-Free Week. The report has some startling numbers. It says that in 2003, ...

Wise to restrict where to smoke
The Sudbury Star - January 17, 2014

I applaud the decision by the mayor and city council to increase restrictions on smoking in public places. My position on smoking has always been about ...

Councillors approve comprehensive citywide smoking ban
Northern Life - January 15, 2014

Following a presentation by the Sudbury and District Health Unit, council passed resolutions directing staff to prepare laws banning smoking on city property, as well as on outdoor bar patios. Facilities such as Pioneer Manor are exempt – it’s covered by...

C-K Council will be asked to consider expanded no-smoking bylaw
Chatham Daily News - January 15, 2014

Right now, Chatham-Kent's no-smoking bylaw prohibits smoking to within nine ... fields, and 70% believe tobacco use should be banned from public beaches.

Sudbury smoking ban covers most city property, restaurant patios - January 15, 2014

City council voted last night to ban lighting up on most municipal property, ... A city council that initially looked hesitant when banning smoking in parks last year, ...

E-cigarette controversy ignites with talk of ban in BC - January 15, 2014

Flea-market salesman Rob Palacol prefers “vaping” with e-cigarettes because they're cheaper than tobacco, but Vancouver Coastal Health officials have ...

Sudbury may wait for province to ban smoking on outdoor patios - January 14, 2014

The city is contemplating extending its smoking ban to all municipal property, ... Last year in Sudbury, city council passed a bylaw banning smoking in city parks ... Cities like Kingston, Thunder Bay and Ottawa have already banned smoking in ...

Hospital smoking ban a bane for some Guelph long-term care ...
Guelph Mercury - January 13, 2014

GUELPH — Using a wire coat hanger fashioned into a crude cigarette holder, David Underwood slowly brings a smoke to his lips and takes a drag.

Greater Sudbury looks at widening smoking ban - January 13, 2014

Earlier this year, Greater Sudbury joined several other cities in banning smoking in parks and playgrounds. But staff now recommend extending that to all city ...

UBC Hempology Club has high hopes for SUB vaporizer lounge
Ubyssey Online - January 12, 2014

UBC's Hempology Club usually holds its meetings outside the SUB, but last week, ... of pot-infused alcohol, but rather the use of a marijuana vaporizer in the SUB. ... clubs, asking them to do an immediate investigation of the Hempology Club.

Stooke, V.D., "Sharing the air, the legal and ethical considerations of extending tobacco legislation to include multiunit dwellings in Alberta," Public Health Nursing 31(1): 60-68, January 2014.

Smoke-free outdoor public places coming to Whitby - December 19, 2013

It's no longer acceptable to ban smoking only in confined spaces -- the debilitating effects of ... Many municipalities have enacted bylaws that exceed the restrictions ... bylaws that prohibit or restrict smoking in a variety of outdoor public places.

A smoke-free environment
Ottawa Citizen - December 17, 2013

Last Thursday, the board of directors at Ottawa Community Housing voted unanimously in favour of a nosmoking policy that prohibits new tenants from smoking ...

Ottawa Housing smoking ban details soft and fuzzy
Ottawa Sun - December 14, 2013

A smoking ban at Ottawa beaches, parks, patios and outside municipal facilities is ... But we are concerned on a couple of levels about banning smoking inside ...

ERCA will limit smoking in conservatoin areas
CTV News - November 15, 2013

The Essex Region Conservation Authority is looking to implement a smoking ban. According to ERCA, they will work with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit ...

Stepping away from smoking
The Chronicle Journal - November 15, 2013

ONTARIO has taken the next logical step in reducing smoking and its enormous ... the province has just announced plans to ban smoking on outdoor patios at ... Banning smoking on sports fields fits the model that saw the City of Thunder Bay ...

10 health stories that mattered this week
CMAJ - November 15, 2013

Ontario is increasing its efforts to reduce smoking. The government is proposing regulatory changes to ban the sale of flavoured tobacco products, increase ...

Toronto smokers will have to butt out near building entrances, sports ...
Toronto Star - November 14, 2013

City council passes strict new bylaw further restricting where people can light up outside including near buildings, restaurant patios and in parks.

Mixed reaction to proposed Ontario smoking ban on patios
CTV News - November 14, 2013

TORONTO -- Ontario's proposed ban on smoking on restaurant and bar patios in addition to playgrounds and sports fields is welcomed by anti-smoking activists ...

Where smoking is outlawed it does more harm than good - November 14, 2013

Students at the University of Prince Edward Island are pushing to ban smoking on campus. Cigarettes, they say, are not only deadly for the poor schmucks who choose to light up but also harmful to the non-smoking citizens forced to walk through their carcinogenic clouds. The student union, reasonably enough, wants a plebiscite.

Smoking restrictions get tougher
London Free Press - November 13, 2013

The Ontario Liberals say theyll sweep outdoor smoking into historys ash heap, pushing changes that would ban smoking on restaurant patios and sports fields.

Ontario to ban smoking on restaurant and bar patios, playgrounds, sports fields
CTV News - November 13, 2013

TORONTO -- Ontario's Liberal government plans to amend legislation to ban smoking on all restaurant and bar patios as well as at playgrounds and sports fields, Health Minister Deb Matthews announced Wednesday.

Smoke-free signs placed in Petrolia
Petrolia Topic - November 13, 2013

This smoke-free sign has been placed at Greenwood Park in Petrolia, at the children's playground near the Lions Club pavilion, opposite the Greenwood ...

GUNTER: Alberta needs to butt out
Toronto (Ont) Sun (ca) - November 13, 2013

...the New Puritanism — the Alison Redford kind — is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be taking a drag on a cherry-flavoured herb mixture and having dreams of unfiltered Camels. This is the 21st Century equivalent of Reefer Madness...

Province needs to lead the way on smoking laws
Waterloo Record - November 11, 2013

Local municipalities are considering banning smoking in areas where children play. Cambridge councillors approved a motion last week, giving the green light for public health to investigate such a ban on a regional basis. While councils efforts are admirable, this is an issue that should rest squarely at Queens Park.

Tough new Alberta smoking restrictions to include non-tobacco water pipes
Yahoo News Canada (blog) - November 10, 2013

Bill 33 will also ban stores from selling cigarillos individually and ban smoking in vehicles carrying children, which some other provinces such as British ...

Alberta touts legislation to ban flavoured smokes and puffing in vehicles with kids
Calgary Sun - November 7, 2013

A couple of bills aimed at reducing underage smoking may outlaw flavoured products in the next two years, but details are still a little bit hazy.

Alberta proposes law to fight second-hand smoke, cigarette sales to kids
Medicine Hat News - November 7, 2013

The Alberta government has introduced proposed legislation to limit childrens exposure to smoking. The law would allow the province to take action to prevent sales of tobacco to minors.
Such sales are currently covered only under federal legislation. Alberta also wants to put more restrictions on smoking tobacco-like products such as water pipes. And smoking would no longer be allowed in vehicles where children were present.

Lincoln backs outdoor smoking ban - November 7, 2013

Lincolns town council has voted to support a bylaw to ban smoking in outdoor public places proposed by Niagara Region.

Thorold council latest to support Niagara Region's proposed outdoor smoking ban
St. Catharines Standard - November 7, 2013

Thorold is the latest municipality to join an effort to ban smoking in certain public places throughout Niagara.

Local Youth IMPACT Group Hosts a Smoke-Free Family Movie Night ...
Exchange Morning Post (press release) - November 7, 2013

Waterloo Region's own IMPACT youth group a part of Public Health is hosting their first smoke-free movie night at a local elementary school, Lester B....

Region should look at banning smoking in parks: city council
Waterloo Record - November 6, 2013

Cambridge has joined the growing list of municipalities calling for a region-wide smoking ban in places where children play. Craig noted that a decade ago Waterloo Region was the first to implement a ban on smoking in restaurants and public buildings. Other municipalities throughout the province slowly adopted that stand, before an Ontario-wide rule was put in place ...

UPEI student union mulls smoke-free campus - November 6, 2013

The student union at the University of Prince Edward Island is eyeing a plebiscite early next year to gauge if students want the campus to go smoke-free.

Satisfying Kitchener's need for smoke-free living
Waterloo Record - November 6, 2013

With loads of positive reviews from their other smoke-free properties in London, and Burlington, the property management company decided to take this clean ...

Town Of Essex Conducting Resident Surveys
windsoriteDOTca – November 5, 2013

To do so, the town has created two short online surveys to collect input about the proposed Outdoor Smoke-Free By-law and the need for accessible taxicabs.

City smoking bylaw to be repealed
Burnaby NewsLeader - November 5, 2013

Burnaby plans to repeal its smoking bylaw after concerns were raised by the operators of a hookah lounge on Hastings Street. .. But now that the new owner of that property plans to redevelop, it has been forced to move down the street to 6649 Hastings. The problem is, the owner's daughter, Honeyeh Adibi-Larijani, told council last week, is that Fraser Health Authority is requiring that it conform with the city's smoking bylaw.

Today, smoking takes place outside! - The dangers of second-hand smoke are well-known today. Let's take action to protect our children!
Canada Newswire (CNW) - November 4, 2013

MONTREAL, Nov. 4, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - In Quebec, 70,000 children under the age of 12 are still regularly exposed to second-hand smoke at home or in the car. An unacceptable situation, because the dangers of this toxic smoke to the health of children, little known a few decades ago, are today clearly proven.

Lincoln council split on outdoor smoking ban - October 31, 2013

LINCOLN - It isn't often that Lincoln's council split their votes when it comes to legislation decisions but that is exactly what happened over a proposal by ...

Non-smokers' beefs sound self-righteous
Victoria News - October 31, 2013

I am all for everybody having the right to express their opinions, including myself, but this recent exaggerated outburst of self-righteous indignation about ...

20 years smoke-free
Ontario Argus Observer - October 31, 2013

This may come as quite a shock to some of you, but I'm quite the neurotic little dude. I'm also a world class self-detester and I got daddy issues out the wazoo.

Waterloo in favour of smoking ban at sports fields and parks
570 News - October 29, 2013

The Region of Waterloo is getting support from the City of Waterloo in regards to the possibility of smoking bans in outdoor areas where children play and frequent. At Mondays council meeting, a motion was passed unanimously to ask the region of Waterloo to take the lead and look into smoking bans for outdoor spaces were children play, including parks and sports fields.

Waterloo to debate smoke-free parks tonight
570 News - October 28, 2013

Councillors will consider a recommendation dealing with smoke-free parks and sports fields; essentially near where children play. The recommendation calls on ...

Wolfville senior battling smokers in smoke-free building
Kings County Register/Advertiser - October 28, 2013

Almost two years ago, a Wolfville senior began to complain to the West Regional Housing Authority about indoor air pollution. A year later, Margaret MacNeil, then 79 years old, had to call 911 after second-hand smoke provoked her asthma. The RCMP confirmed there was a tobacco odour in her apartment. At that point, the authority allowed existing tenants to smoke, but no new smoking tenants were allowed to move in.

Meaford supports smoke-free outdoor places proposal - October 24, 2013

Meaford council has supported a Grey County plan to ban smoking in public places like parks, beaches and outdoor sports facilities. The Smoke Free Outdoor ...

Public spaces smoking ban being pondered
Waterloo Record - October 24, 2013

WATERLOO REGION Smokers throughout the region may soon see new restrictions on where they can partake in their puffery. Municipalities throughout ...

Parks committee supports limit on smoking at playing fields
The Globe and Mail - October 23, 2013

Torontos parks and environment committee voted unanimously to endorse a limit on smoking at city parks, beaches and sports facilities.

CF survivor pushes for outdoor smoking ban
Brantford Expositor - October 23, 2013

PARIS - Cystic fibrosis survivor Jeff Summerhayes is imploring Brant County council to pass a bylaw that would ban smoking in outside common areas. If council followed his request, a bylaw would ban lighting up in parks, ball ... the supposedly fresh air between buildings where smoking is banned, because he ...

Smoking banned near playgrounds, beaches - October 21, 2013

Only Deputy Mayor Dan Davidson voted against the outdoor smoking ban, saying he ... I hope that in the near future smoking is banned outside in public areas ...

Sudbury polls bars, restaurants on proposed smoking ban - October 21, 2013

The city's health unit is asking restaurant and bar owners for their input on a proposed smoking ban on outdoor patios. The Sudbury and District Health Unit says ...

UBC students support smoke-free campus
Ubyssey Online - October 18, 2013

“It's great to know that 72 per cent of the students that we interviewed were in support of a smoke-free campus,” she said. “Personally, I think it would be great [if] ...

Wider smoking ban urged
Town Crier Newspapers - October 18, 2013

The city would be able to enforce smoking bans at most of those targeted ... have seen a steady increase in customers since smoking was banned inside bars ...

Meaford to Support County Smoke-Free Outdoors Plan
The Meaford Independent - October 18, 2013

At their October 15 meeting Meaford councillors gave initial support to a Grey County initiative which will implement a 'Smoke-Free Outdoor Spaces' bylaw.

Non-smokers have rights, too
Victoria News - October 18, 2013

Smokers have had their own way for more than 200 years. There was never any concern about anyone's health; smokers just lit up wherever they wished, and ...

CRD should ban smoking in housing
Victoria Times Colonist - October 16, 2013

Why can't the Capital Regional District ban smoking on CRD properties? ... are continually exposed to secondhand smoke, which is a serious health hazard.

Smoking in apartments infringes in neighbour's rights
Victoria News - October 14, 2013

I have always been a non-smoker and I, like so many others, am very sensitive to smoke so, logically, any restrictions to reduce smoking in general are welcome. ... I do realize that there are no laws to restrict smoking in one's own home.

Hanover Supports Smoke Free Bylaw
Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre - October 14, 2013

The new version has dropped the smoking ban on restaurant and pub decks and ... Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces bylaw -- all smoking will be banned within nine ...

High-tech smokes
Halifax (NS) Chronicle Herald - October 12, 2013

...“As the safety, quality and efficacy of these products remains uncertain, Health Canada continues to advise Canadians not to use electronic cigarettes as they may pose health risks,” she said. Problem is, lots of retailers in this province sell them, ...

LETTER: Greater Victoria smoking ban doesn't go far enough
Victoria News - October 12, 2013

Smoking within a 40-foot radius of non-smokers is a hostile act.

Health unit activism puts smokers under siege
Guelph (Ont) Mercury - October 12, 2013

...local smokers are already raising concerns about being further marginalized in where they can smoke. As some have asserted, they're only consuming a legally controlled and sold substance — and outdoors at that. If they're modelling unhealthy behaviour ...

E-cigarettes fan flames
Canadian Press - October 12, 2013

With fruit-flavoured products and movie star endorsements, e-cigarettes could lure youth who wouldn't otherwise smoke into a nicotine habit, an editorial in this week's issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal suggests. The editorial was written

Tobacco Or Medicinal Product? Europe Divided Over E-Cigarettes
Radio Free Europe - October 12, 2013

The vote has set the stage for an e-cigarette tussle in Brussels. Will the council agree that e-cigarettes should be treated like tobacco? Or will the council continue to insist that e-cigarettes should be regulated as medicinal devices?

Proposed smoking ban unpopular with Guelph smokers
Guelph (Ont) Mercury - October 11, 2013

On Oct. 2 Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health released the results of a survey conducted this summer that measured the level of local support for smoke-free outdoor spaces. After collecting 2,001 surveys — 91 per cent of them coming from residents o

Fine Tuning Smoking Ban Recommendation - October 11, 2013

Fine Tuning Smoking Ban Recommendation ... The Essex Region Conservation Authority is taking another step towards banning smoking in its 19 parks. ... However, many board members suggest that if a ban does come into place, that it be ...

Councillors approve Niagara smoking ban
News Talk 610 CKTB - October 11, 2013

Councillors approve Niagara smoking ban ... Medical officer of health Val Jaeger noting we don't have signs banning littering or spitting but over time they have ...

ERCA board votes to develop no-smoking policy
Windsor Star - October 11, 2013

The Essex Region Conservation Authority board of directors on Thursday agreed to pursue a draft phased policy to ban smoking in conservation areas.

Smoking ban clears Region hurdle
Times of Fort Erie - October 11, 2013

A ban on smoking in public in Niagara has leapt its first of many hurdles. ... support Thursday to the bylaw, which bans smoking in parks and other public places. ... And she said signs are not posted banning littering or spitting on the sidewalk.

Extended smoking bylaw moves forward for Greater Victoria
Victoria News - October 9, 2013

Tighter restrictions on smokers are coming after the Capital Regional District board ... Directors also opted to restrict smoking at bus stops throughout the region.

Secondhand smoke akin to bird poop in downtown Victoria
Victoria News - October 9, 2013

I am a former smoker and frankly I don't care if someone chooses to smoke in their own environment, but I am tired of smokers imposing their habit on me in ...

Editorial: Lifting the haze from lobbying
Edmonton Journal - October 9, 2013

Anti-smoking activists hope the bill will include new rules on flavoured ... issue, both those on the industry side and those pushing for tighter tobacco restrictions.

Renewed effort needed on smoking
Regina Leader-Post - October 9, 2013

Let's continue to "denormalize" tobacco use with further restrictions on smoking in public places. Let's also beef up enforcement to stop youth under 18 getting ...

Pot smoker has licence to light up at condo
Toronto Star - October 4, 2013

I am a disabled, licensed marijuana smoker. There is no rule or declaration provision preventing smoking on balconies. Must I comply with the condominium managers demand that I must stop?

Smoking ban a good compromise - October 3, 2013

But after getting feedback from Niagara's municipalities, regional staff wrote in exemptions for smoking at beaches, walking and hiking trails, and in municipal ...

Total smoking ban best
Windsor Star - October 3, 2013

A total ban on smoking may be the ultimate goal for some communities, but it may be unrealistic. ... Re: Ifs and butts about smoking bans, Star editorial, Sept. 19.

Home Local Survey seems to support smoking ban in public...
Guelph Mercury - October 3, 2013

Home Local Survey seems to support smoking ban in public. ... Support is high for bans around splash pads, pools and playgrounds, at doorways to ... But Allen Taylor, Mayor of East Garafraxa, said banning smoking in some of the places ...

Public places smoking ban bylaw clears hurdle - October 2, 2013

Public places smoking ban bylaw clears hurdle ... Regional staff had wanted the new restrictions to come into place this year, but the process was delayed when ...

Committee backs public smoking ban
Times of Fort Erie - October 1, 2013

Smokers could soon be banned from puffing in public parks across Niagara. ... services committee endorsed a by-law banning smoking in outdoor public places.

Smokers are a dying breed
Toronto Star - October 1, 2013

Re: Ban smoking on apartment balconies, too, Letter Sept. 27 ... places, but are also likely to be banned from smoking in virtually anything that has a roof.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford fires back against proposal to expand smoking ban
CTV News - October 1, 2013

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says a proposed ban on smoking on restaurant and bar patios would require too much government interference in people's lives to enforce.

Board of health okays stricter smoking rules
NOW Magazine - October 1, 2013

Toronto's Board of Health is expanding smoking bans to more outdoor spaces, despite warnings from the bar and restaurant industry that the proposed rules would hurt businesses.

Regina ranks poorly for second-hand smoke exposure
Regina Leader-Post - October 1, 2013

If you think your smoking habit has gone unnoticed by those around you, a new report shows that theory has gone up in smoke. A report released Monday by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer rates Regina in 16th place out of 26 major Canadian cities when it comes second-hand smoke exposure.

Hospital's smoking ban kicks in
The Chronicle Journal - October 1, 2013

Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre celebrated its renewed commitment to a smoke-free grounds policy on Monday.

Province considering more restrictions on smokers
News Talk 610 CKTB - October 1, 2013

On the same day Toronto Public Health began debating restrictions smoking in public places, Health Minister Deb Matthews says the province is considering ...

Hantsport to snuff out bus stop smoking
Hants Journal - October 1, 2013

If ratified, the bylaw would restrict smoking with nine metres of the main entrance to any town building, and four metres of any bus stop. It is proposed that anyone ...

Saskatoon's smoke exposure lowest
StarPhoenix - October 1, 2013

Saskatoon's current smoking control bylaw bans smoking in a number of public areas, including bingo halls, casinos, patios and sidewalk cafes. According to the ...

Province eyes second-hand smoking initiatives
Newstalk 1010 - September 30, 2013

...However, she underlines there won't be a full-on ban on smoking. Matthews ... The city's Medical Officer of Health recommends to ban smoking from places ...

EDITORIAL: Banning smokers: Enough is enough
Toronto Sun - September 29, 2013

...banning smoking from restaurant and bar patios — ironically while patrons are often simultaneously sucking in car fumes — is both hypocritical and yet another restriction these businesses don’t need in a still-struggling economy...

Public Health unit to recommend an outdoor spaces smoking ban in ...
Guelph Mercury - September 28, 2013

...76 per cent agreed banning smoking in outdoor spaces can help to protect people ... While the majority of non-smokers supported a smoking ban in every area ...

Smoke-free signs going up around Gravenhurst - September 27, 2013

The smoke-free bylaw, which went into effect at the beginning of the year, includes all town-owned property, including the centennial centre, beaches, parks, the ...

Thunder Bay hospital no-smoking policy may get help - September 27, 2013

The report says it would give the hospital another tool to enforce its ban on smoking on hospital grounds. The ban has been ignored by many patients and ...

Shannon Corregan: Let's take our smoking ban all the way
Victoria Times Colonist - September 27, 2013

Shannon Corregan: Let's take our smoking ban all the way ... Capital Regional District introduced the clean-air bylaw, which banned smoking in bars ... Subsequent bans have pushed smoking further and further beyond the pale of Done Things. ... is reviewing its provincial Tobacco Act to consider banning patio smoking.

Ban smoking on balconies, too
Toronto Star - September 26, 2013

I live in an apartment and am surrounded by people who do not want to pollute their own apartments so they smoke on the balcony. Every one around them is ...

Government body refuses to disclose if it has taken on e-cigarettes ...
Chatham Daily News - September 26, 2013

There's no smoke-filled room at Health Canada, but there might as well be one when it comes to finding out if the agency has cracked down on those selling ...

EDITORIAL: Smoking ban extension moot
Victoria News - September 26, 2013

Guess how many individuals or businesses have been fined in recent years for violating rules around smoking less than three metres from an enclosed space in ...

Smoking ban a step closer for Greater Victoria's parks
Victoria Times Colonist - September 26, 2013

Changes to the capital region's Clean Air Bylaw would ban smoking at Thetis Lake and other parks and playgrounds in the Greater Victoria area. Photograph by: ...

Choking on Smoking Bans
Huffington Post Canada - September 26, 2013

All this talk of Toronto and Ontario expanding outdoor smoking ban makes me ... The idea of banning smoking at all of these outdoor areas must also be put into ... Then you'll be ready for when sitting on them like a schlub gets banned due to ...

Toronto preparing to toughen outdoor smoking ban, joining other ...
Yahoo! News Canada (blog) - September 24, 2013

Toronto's chief medical officer wants to expand the existing smoking ban to ... the city and the Ontario government to extend smoking bans to cover beaches, ...

Patio smoking
Toronto Life - September 24, 2013

The report calls for a complete smoking ban on bar and restaurant patios, as well as beaches, sports fields, entrances to public buildings and public spaces like ...

Anti-smoking bylaw goes up in smoke
CJDC - September 24, 2013

Smoking bans on city property are beginning to appear in city's such as Prince George, but a similar ban will not be coming to Fort St. John anytime soon. ... a letter to Fort St. John city council requesting a bylaw banning smoking in parks.

CRD reconsiders smoking ban at municipal parks and public spaces
MetroNews Canada-by Luke Simcoe - September 24, 2013

The CRD is taking another crack at a bylaw that would prohibit smoking at parks, ... questioning whether such a wide-ranging ban could be adequately enforced. ... and Nanaimo, have already banned smoking in public parks and beaches.

Toronto Public Health proposes wider smoking ban
680 News - September 24, 2013

TPH will report to the Board of Health in future on ways to make public squares and uncovered patios smoke-free. The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term ...

Board of Health asked to back new Toronto smoking restrictions
The Globe and Mail - September 23, 2013

Councillor Gord Perks, a member of the Board of Health and a former smoker, said restricting smoking around doorways to public buildings makes perfect sense ...

Toronto medical officer recommends smoking ban on bar, restaurant patios Erika Tucker - September 24, 2013

TORONTO Torontos Medical Officer is recommending the citys bar and restaurant patios join the list of outdoor places that are smoke-free.

I'll take more smoking restrictions please (column)
Orangeville Banner - September 23, 2013

ON POLITICS with Doug Harkness Regular readers will know that I was never much of a fan of the former Premier Dad.

MOH Advocates For Smoke-free Hospitals
Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre - September 23, 2013

The opportunity to ban smoking from all hospitals in our region will not only help health - but it will save money as well. That's the message that Grey Bruce ...

Hospital smoking ban will save money: Lynn
Lucknow Sentinel - September 23, 2013

Prohibiting smoking from hospital grounds is not only good for peoples' health, it's good for hospitals' pocketbook too. That's the message Grey-Bruce medical ...

Town receives Tobacco Free Award - September 20, 2013

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health United presented the town with a Tobacco Free Champion Award. The corporation of the town of Gravenhurst was ...

Extending a butt ban beyond Orangeville?
Orangeville Banner - September 18, 2013

Orangeville law already forbids anyone from smoking on town property, but could ... Woodstock, and Orangeville have placed different restrictions on smoking.

Almost Important: The smoking ban and MUN's attack on reality
Muse - September 18, 2013

As students swarmed MUN a couple weeks ago, they were greeted by blue posters straddled onto buildings, columns, poles, and windows all around university ...

Second Smoking Ban In Windsor-Essex - September 17, 2013

Leamington Council revisits an outdoor smoking by-law September 16, 2014 after rejecting the initial proposal in July. Leamington is moving ahead with its own ...

Smoking banned at some Leamington outdoor rec facilities - September 17, 2013

Smoking banned at some Leamington outdoor rec facilities ... Leamington town council has approved a partial smoking ban at outdoor recreation facilities.

Whitby considers smoke-free public spaces - September 17, 2013

WHITBY -- Residents are being encouraged to weigh in on the topic of smoke-free outdoor public spaces in Whitby. Town staff is reviewing the need to create a ...

Outdoor Smoking Ban Debate Back - September 16, 2013

Leamington Council will reconsider an outdoor smoking ban for the municipality at its meeting tonight. Council already voted down the ban but Deputy Mayor ...

ERCA may butt out smoking
Windsor Star - September 14, 2013

Stuebing said there was a lot of "healthy discussion" of the smoking ban proposal ... Lakeshore banned smoking in its outdoor facilities like parks, playgrounds and ... Leamington and Essex rejected smoking bans, but councillors have said the ...

Ban smoking at conservation areas, health unit says - September 13, 2013

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit wants a total ban on smoking in local ... The authority's administration will prepare a report on banning smoking in ...

ERCA to investigate outdoor smoking ban
Windsor Star (blog) - September 13, 2013

Lakeshore banned smoking in its outdoor facilities like parks, playgrounds and ... Leamington and Essex rejected smoking bans, but councillors have said the ...

Irving refinery's smoke-free award draws criticism - September 13, 2013

The Irving Oil Ltd. refinery in Saint John was given an award on Thursday by the Heart and Stroke Foundation for its efforts to create a tobacco-free environment ...

Cigarette ads reappear in magazines read by Canadian teens - September 12, 2013

Glossy, colourful cigarette ads are appearing in popular magazines that appeal to young people and need to be banned, an anti-smoking advocate says. In the U.S., R.J. Reynolds is running full-page ads for Camel cigarettes in magazines like Vanity Fair and Sports Illustrated with slogans including, "Inspiration is where a moment becomes a memory," and "Inspired, Passionate, Original, Taste It All." In Canada, tobacco advertisements face severe restrictions, such as no lifestyle ads with glamorous imagery, said Lorraine Fry of the Non-Smokers' Rights ...

WLMH goes smoke free - September 10, 2013

In order to provide a safe and healthy environment for patients, visitors, staff and volunteers, West Lincoln Memorial Hospital will ban smoking on hospital ...

Smoke-free policy a journey for BCHS
Brantford Expositor - September 9, 2013

Going smoke-free couldn't have happened without strong community partnerships. ... to help support the smoker on their journey to becoming smoke-free.

Fredericton bar owner uneasy with potential smoking ban - September 9, 2013

"But on the other side of the coin, if they're not going to smoke on the patio or inside ... more details about the potential rules for banning smoking on outdoor patios. ... introduced its Smoke-Free Places Act on Oct. 2004, which banned smoking on ... The act was updated in 2009 to ban smoking in vehicles containing children ...

Tens of thousands of Quebec children exposed to second-hand smoke in the car
Canada Newswire (CNW) (ca) - September 9, 2013

on smoking in Quebec, one-quarter of smokers light up in the presence of minors, and one in five smoke in the car with children present. Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, of which at least 250 are known ...

Smoke free zone should start at home
Coast Reporter - September 6, 2013

I am totally in favour of bylaws that ban smoking in public areas; but when will something be done to protect children from second hand smoke in the home?

Study likens patio smoke to a 'forest fire' as advocates push for ban
Canadian Press - September 6, 2013

Even on an outdoor patio, second-hand cigarette smoke can produce air quality comparable to a smoggy day in Los Angeles or even a forest fire, new research contends. The findings are based on a series of air quality tests performed on Montreal patios. ...

Tobacco ban hits Saint Mary's University
NG News - September 3, 2013

There is one exception to the tobacco ban. Students who live in residence will be allowed to smoke in a small outdoor area behind the Rice Residence between ...

Peel Outdoor Smoking By-Law Starts Sept. 2
Brampton News - September 2, 2013

Brampton - Enjoy outdoor activities and access municipal services without worrying about the harmful effects of second-hand smoke. Thanks to the Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law, whether youre in the game, in the stands or returning a library book, itll be smoke-free!

Don't hold your breathSmoking now fully banned at MUN
Muse - September 1, 2013

People told us that they did want a ban on smoking, said Miller. ... Frequently, we see that blanket bans do not workparticularly when dealing with something ...

When will the treats ban start?
Muse - September 1, 2013

In recent development to the Memorial University policy, the university has issued a campus-wide smoking ban, disallowing the activity anywhere on its property.

Smoke ban floated for parks, beaches, trails
Coast Reporter - August 31, 2013

Several Lower Mainland municipalities have adopted tougher anti-smoking bylaws ... Etherington stressed that the restrictions are being floated not because we ...

No reason to make smokers suffer
The Chronicle Journal - August 19, 2013

I'm not part of the Thunder Bay community, but I had to respond to the article about the new enforcement plans for the hospital smoking ban. The article noted ...

Health minister says no immediate ban on patio smoking
(Prince Edward Island) Guardian (ca) - August 19, 2013

Health Minister Doug Currie responded to a recent study that showed second-hand smoke on patios can produce air quality comparable to a forest fire. Currie said the governments smoke-free places legislation introduced in 2009 brought P.E.I. from the ...

Azagba, S.; Asbridge, M., "The association between smoking bans and nicotine dependence: a longitudinal analysis of current smokers in Canada," Addictive Behaviors 38(12): 2817-2820, August 17, 2013.

This paper demonstrates that the presence of a home smoking ban was associated with lower nicotine dependence among continuing smokers. The relationship of workplace bans with nicotine dependence was less clear and was contingent on the measure of nicotine dependence employed. These findings further confirm the importance of bans on smoking in the home, workplace, and other public places on reducing tobacco-related harms.

Smoking Ban's Enforcement to Initiate by September 30
TopNews Arab Emirates - August 13, 2013

As per recent reports, it has been unveiled that smoking ban is active on Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre since its opening in 2004. But it has been found that the ban has never been enforced

Hospital aims to beef up smoking ban
The Chronicle Journal - August 13, 2013

The Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre made it clear to Thunder Bay city council Monday that enforcement of smoking on hospital grounds will begin at the end of September.

Hospital hopes city bylaw will help snuff out smoking - August 12, 2013

Hospitals across Ontario have struggled to enforce smoking bans, said the Canadian Cancer Society's Sara McMillen. "People debate what is the right time ...

Harmful levels of second-hand smoke found on Montreal patios - August 5, 2013

Anti-tobacco advocates are using a new study to make the case for a smoking ban on bar and restaurant patios. A researcher at Johns Hopkins University in ...

Second-hand smoke even a danger on open-air patios, study says
CTV News - August 4, 2013

Air quality scientists and anti-smoking advocates are renewing calls to ban smoking on all patios in Canada after newly released research showed that patrons ...

Full smoking ban now in effect at MUN campuses - August ust 1, 2013

Going smoke-free will make Memorial University a healthier place to live, work and study. But Antoinette Fekete, an instructor and a student at MUN, thinks the ...

Ban smoking outdoors
Windsor Star - August ust 1, 2013

The growing number of municipal laws restricting where smoking can occur are ... However, many restrictions have been put in place to protect the public from ...

Full smoking ban coming at MUN
The Telegram - July 31, 2013

Memorial's Board of Regents introduced the phased-in smoking ban in 2011, first banning smoking in doorway s. Since last year, smoking has been banned at ...

Full smoking ban now in effect at MUN campuses - August 1, 2013

Going smoke-free will make Memorial University a healthier place to live, work and study. But Antoinette Fekete, an instructor and a student at MUN, thinks the ...

Ban smoking outdoors
Windsor Star - August 1, 2013

The growing number of municipal laws restricting where smoking can occur are ... However, many restrictions have been put in place to protect the public from ...

Full smoking ban coming at MUN
The Telegram - July 31, 2013

Memorial's Board of Regents introduced the phased-in smoking ban in 2011, first banning smoking in doorway s. Since last year, smoking has been banned at ...

Smoking ban near outdoor spaces starts Thursday
660 News - July 30, 2013

Starting Thursday, smokers will no longer be allowed to light up near playgrounds and outdoor spaces. Fines for smoking at these locations could face up to a ...

Calgary passes new smoking ban
CTV News - July 30, 2013

Council passed a new smoking ban on Monday night, which is aimed at encouraging ... Smoking is already banned in Olympic Plaza and on LRT platforms.

Council backs bid for local bingo hall to go electronic - July 29, 2013

Facing a decline in revenues since the local casino opened and then a smoking ban, the hall says it could be forced to close its doors within five years if it ...

Health Unit's outdoor smoking ban call earns mixed results - July 24, 2013

... municipal properties despite calls from the Windsor Essex Health Unit to ban ... of a new bylaw that would have banned smoking on beaches, parks, baseball ...

Home News Whitby conducting survey on smoke-free outdoor... - July 24, 2013

WHITBY -- A survey is now available on the Town of Whitby's website for residents to share their thoughts about smoking in outdoor public places. The survey is ...

Smoking Ban Fails In Leamington - July 23, 2013

Smoking Ban Fails In Leamington. July 22nd, 2013 ... Lakeshore is the only community in Windsor-Essex to have approved new outdoor smoking restrictions.

Leamington's Smoke Free Decision - July 22, 2013

The smoke-free parks debate continues in Leamington tonight, as council reviews a draft bylaw submitted by administration. Areas affected by the proposed law ...

Council is encouraged to support a smoke-free outdoor space policy
Windsor Star (blog) - July 19, 2013

However, whether a particular position in this case, the support of smoking bans in outdoor spaces is popular or not, we will always promote and protect ...

Should BBQ's and smoking be banned from apartment buildings?
News Talk Sports AM 1150 - July 19, 2013

An outright ban on BBQ's and smoking on balconies isn't a practical solution to decrease fire risk. That from Kelowna Fire Chief Jeff Carlisle who says changes need to be made to the BC Building Code standards to reflect better engineering of structures.

LETTER: Drive-thrus must be smoke-free
Windsor (Ont) Star (ca) - July 17, 2013

As a 22-year-old student, I work with people younger and older than me, smokers and non-smokers who share the same problem. We find it hard to serve you and your families with a smile as we open the window and get a puff of smoke blown into our faces.

Smokers asked to butt out at Sudbury festivals - July 15, 2013

In February, city council voted to ban smoking in all city-operated parks, which includes such events as the Northern Lights Festival Boreal, Summerfest, and this ...

Bans on smoking in cars with kids deemed a success - July 12, 2013

Provincial bans against smoking in cars transporting children have worked to reduce exposure to secondhand smoke, according to a new report. The Cancer Advocacy Coalition of Canada released its annual report on Thursday.

Should smoking bans extend to public parks and beaches? Debate ... - July 9, 2013

American researchers say that smoking bans in parks and beaches don't ... of smoking laws in Canada has now turned into stream of restrictions on where ... to restrict smoking in order to protect smokers themselves, the researchers say.

Smoking to be banned inside Grey housing units
Owen Sound Sun Times - July 8, 2013

Three fires over eight months in 2012 at Grey County-owned housing buildings has prompted the upper-tier government to move to ban smoking inside residential units. A no-smoking clause will be included in all lease agreements signed by new tenants and tenants that have transferred to another unit starting Jan. 1, 2014. Existing tenants will be grandfathered and can continue to smoke in their units for the length of their tenancy, unless they opt to sign a no-smoking policy addendum to their lease, said Grey County housing director Rod Wyatt. The new policy will also ban smoking outdoors within five metres of any windows, ... The Smoke Free Ontario Act already bans people from smoking in common ...

Cheers for hospital crackdown on smoking
The Chronicle Journal - July 8, 2013

Leadership by hospitals and health-care facilities to create smoke-free spaces is ... By publicly announcing the increased enforcement of its smoke-free policy, ...

City sports fields, parks and beaches are smoke-free
Ottawa Start (press release) - July 6, 2013

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) and By-law and Regulatory Services would like to remind residents and visitors of the City of Ottawa's smoke-free regulations that ...

Wallar, L.E.; Croteau, S.; Estill, A.; Robson, L.; Papadopoulos, A., "Analyzing exposure, use, and policies related to tobacco use on campus for the development of comprehensive tobacco policies at Canadian post-secondary institutions," Journal of Community Health [Epub ahead of print], June 26, 2013.

Smoke free outdoor spaces bylaw pitched for Hantsport
Hants Journal - June 24, 2013

The Smoke Free Kings Coalition and Canadian Cancer Society have teamed up to encourage Hantsport's town council to adopt a smoke free outdoor spaces ...

EDITORIAL — Smoke free communities a novel idea
Hants Journal - June 24, 2013

Smoke Free Kings is hoping to change people's perceptions about smoking by lobbying governments to restrict where smokers are permitted to have a drag.

Creating A Smoke-Free Ontario - 2011
Government of Ontario News - June 22, 2013

Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable disease and death in Ontario. Each year, tobacco claims 13,000 lives in Ontario - equivalent to 36 lives ...

Butt out at these restaurant patios this summer
Bay Today - June 21, 2013

Effective today, the first day of summer, patrons can enjoy a smoke-free ... By making their patios smoke-free, these restaurants are protecting the health of the ...

Guelph mother faces a charge in connection with smoking in a vehicle with a minor
Guelph (Ont) Mercury (ca) - June 21, 2013

Officers said a woman was smoking while her 13-year-old daughter was present in the vehicle. It is an offence under the Smoke Free Ontario Act to smoke in a vehicle if a person less than 16 years is also present.

Essex moving ahead on smoking ban
Windsor Star-by Monica Wolfson - June 21, 2013

The bylaw should ban smoking at sports fields, on property where there are municipal buildings, playgrounds, parks, trails, the beach at Colchester Harbour and ...

Four local restaurants move ahead with smoke-free
The North Bay Nugget - June 21, 2013

Heritage North Bay also made their whole park area smoke-free from Discovery North Bay Museum to the Kate Pace Way at the North Bay Waterfront including ...

Leaving no butts behind: TerraCycle launches second year of ambitious program to recycle cigarette waste
Canada Newswire (CNW) (ca) - June 19, 2013

TerraCycle and Imperial Tobacco Canada to partner in 2012 in an innovative program to recycle the butts, inner foil, outer wrap, unused tobacco, ashes and other elements that comprise cigarette waste - the most littered item in Canada and worldwide. As a

Scugog votes to ban smoking at sports fields - June 20, 2013

Scugog votes to ban smoking at sports fields. PORT PERRY -- Scugog councillors voted on Monday in favour of creating a bylaw that will prohibit smoking at ...

Essex moving ahead on smoking ban
Windsor Star - June 19, 2013

The bylaw should ban smoking at sports fields, on property where there are municipal buildings, playgrounds, parks, trails, the beach at Colchester Harbour and ...

Proposed Sudbury smoking ban goes 'too far' - June 17, 2013

Sudbury business owner Bob Wygant has already banned smoking on his ... A proposed smoking ban that could include outdoor restaurant patios in Greater ... banning smoking inside restaurants has not significantly lowered smoking rates in ...

Cigarette butt return pilot program a smokin' success in Vancouver's West End
Metro (ca) - June 16, 2013

A pilot program to reward people with a penny per cigarette butt proved successful at the West End’s car-free day on Sunday, with about two dozen people taking up the challenge to clean the streets for a little cash.

Smoking ban considered for city's social housing
Ottawa Citizen - June 14, 2013

OTTAWA — Residents in city-owned social housing could be banned from ... and possibly a phased-in policy that increasingly bans smoking over several years. ... Of those who responded to the survey, 60 support banning smoking on ...

City council bowed to special interest groups in banning smoking in ...
Medicine Hat News - June 14, 2013

City council bowed to special interest groups in banning smoking in public ... voted through by city council, of which the outdoor “Smoking Ban” is a prime ...

Park designated smoke-free
The North Bay Nugget - June 13, 2013

Several councillors said they were in favour of banning smoking at sports ... Meanwhile, a proposed smoking ban at outdoor patios is still being considered.

City to consider outdoor patio smoking ban - June 12, 2013

The city is considering extending its smoking ban to include not only all municipal ... many bars created after smoking was banned indoors more than a decade ago. ... City council asked for the presentation after banning smoking on all city parks and ... And the Smoke-Free Ontario Act also bans someone from lighting up in ...

Smoking issue put to public
The Sudbury Star - June 12, 2013

A full-on ban on smoking on city property came one step closer to fruition Tuesday, with councillors agreeing to poll the public on whether it should be lights out ...

Lakritz: Where there's smoke, there should be a firepit ban
Calgary Herald - June 12, 2013

Calgary city council appears poised to bring in a smoking ban around sports fields, outdoor pools, skate parks, playgrounds and the like, to avoid exposing ...

Bar, restaurant patios next on the no-smoking chopping block? - June 10, 2013

A report on banning smoking on all city property is calling for broad community consultation to be held first, with the results to be included in a final report that would go to city council for a final decision. The report would also include a range of options for new smoking restrictions, which would extend a ban passed in the spring that outlawed smoking in city ...

Ban on smoking could go city-wide
The Sudbury Star - June 10, 2013

"The survey will also incorporate questions about other tobacco products and restricting smoking on uncovered restaurant and bar patios; restaurant and bar ...

Calgary on the verge of banning smoking at outdoor recreation areas
MetroNews Canada - June 6, 2013

Smoking at outdoor recreation areas in Calgary looks likely to banned as of Aug. 1 after a city committee voted by a 7-2 margin on Wednesday in favour of a new bylaw. The proposed rules would outlaw smoking within five metres of outdoor pools, skating rinks, playgrounds, skate parks and sports fields.

City looks at stricter smoking rules
FFWD - June 6, 2013

The Community and Protective Services Department has determined that outdoor smoking restrictions that were added to municipal bylaws in 2002 may have ...

First 2013 charges laid under park no-smoking bylaw
Kawartha Media Group - June 6, 2013

"Many communities in Canada and across Ontario have embraced similar restrictions or bans on smoking in public outdoor spaces. Eliminating smoking in ...

Edmonton restaurants to fight Alberta hookah-pipe ban - June 5, 2013

Edmonton restaurants that allow smoking of herbal material in hookah pipes are hoping to convince the province not to ban the practice. "We have a strategy that we're going to be following by actually talking to govenment, giving them some ideas, said Mohamad El-Turk owner the Sultan Palace downtown.

Council hopes sweeping outdoor smoking ban will remove 'negative role models
Edmonton Journal June 5, 2013

A patient has a cigarette next to a no-smoking sign on a bench outside Peter ... 7-2 Wednesday for the first outdoor smoking bans in Calgary, a move likely to be ... Calgary's much more controversial 2007-2008 smoking ban in bars aimed to ...

Smokers in NOTL may be asked to butt out in public spaces
Niagara Advance - June 5, 2013

Health promoter Gillian McDonald with Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces brochures as the region tries to get area municipalities to pass bylaws restricting smoking ...

Councillor looking to squash public smoking
CTV News - June 5, 2013

Smokers may soon need to think twice about lighting up in public places in Calgary. A proposed ban on public smoking, put forward by Councillor Andre Chabot, ...

Ban smoking in public
Windsor Star - June 5, 2013

My name is Devin Adamson and I am writing to you in regard to the article about the Outdoors Smoking Bylaw. I believe that this is a very necessary law that I ...

Alberta pushing shisha smoking ban
660 News - June 4, 2013

The government is looking at banning the water pipes at 30 establishments around ... Because tobacco smoking is banned in restaurants in Canada, business ...

Culture clash: Possible ban on shisha smoking in restaurants sparks concern
Edmonton (Alberta) Journal (ca) - June 4, 2013

The provincial government may ban shisha smoking at roughly 30 establishments throughout the province as part of Albertas Tobacco Reduction Strategy. ...

Petition aims to push politicians to support smoking ban
Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre - June 3, 2013

The suggested by-law would ban smoking at beaches, parks, playgrounds, ball parks, soccer fields, restaurant patios and entrances and exits of municipal ...

Health unit recognizes tobacco-free champions - June 2, 2013

MIDLAND Midland is a healthier place thanks to the efforts of local champions working to make the community tobacco free, says the Simcoe Muskoka District ...

Another smoking ban proposed by City Hall
660 News - June 1, 2013

That's because, if approved, a recommendation from city staff would mean cigarette smoking would be banned near playgrounds, sports fields, spray parks, ...

Hospital tightens enforcement of smoking ban - May 31, 2013

Beginning this fall, people who violate the tobacco ban at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre can expect to be approached by a security guard.

Lakeshore gearing up for outdoor smoking ban
Windsor Star - May 30, 2013

As Lakeshore prepares to become the first municipality to ban smoking in its public parks ... Essex County, one by one, to enact smoking bans on their public property. ... Tecumseh banned smoking in all indoor public places and workplaces in ...

Group pushes for harsher tobacco restrictions
Canadian Television (CTV) (ca) - May 28, 2013

Butt out before buckling up, urges the Quebec Cancer Society, who argued Tuesday that children should not be forced to breathe second-hand smoke in motor vehicles.

Outdoor smoking ban issue raises questions
Windsor Star-May 29, 2013

Why bother banning smoking outdoors in public parks, sports fields, sidewalk patios ... Wright would like to see the ban because second-hand smoke is harmful.

Health department urging residents to butt out in parks
Peterborough This Week (ca) - May 28, 2013

To mark World No Tobacco Day, slated for Friday (May 31), the health department is focusing on the theme of smoke-free beaches and parks.

This Is Finished at the Finnish Resthome
LOCAL2 Sault Ste. Marie (ca) - May 28, 2013

On World No Tobacco Day May 31, The Ontario Finnish Resthome Association will begin implementation of its new smoke-free multi-unit dwelling policy. Present tenants at Suomi Eesti Maja and Kotitalo will be grandfathered in and allowed to continue smoking

Smoking bylaw 'a waste of time,' says Leamington mayor 28, 2013

Leamington Mayor John Paterson calls a proposed smoking bylaw "a waste of time." People who support a proposed smoking ban at outdoor facilities in ...

NDP expands ban on sale of tobacco products
Brandon Sun - May 24, 2013

"Most recognize it was incompatible," he said of pharmacies that sell tobacco products ... The new rule banning tobacco sales also prohibits the sale of cigarette ...

Letter: Already chased outside, smokers should be left alone on ...
Montreal Gazette - May 24, 2013

Re: Clamp down on smoking (Letters, May 24) - I would like to respond to Shloime Perel, who complained about cigarette smoke on restaurant terrasses. The non-smokers fought for smoke-free restaurants and bars and won, so proprietors of these establishments started losing income. The owners of these restaurants and bars created outdoor terrasses so that the smokers would again frequent their places of business.

Letter: Smokers don't have the privilege of eating or drinking indoors
Montreal Gazette (ca) - May 24, 2013

Mr. Perel seems to suggest that his rights on a terrasse are taken away by us pariahs. Dare I suggest that, if he is that offended by our actions, having a cigarette outdoors, he might take advantage of eating/drinking indoors a privilege not afforded

Durley concerned smoking bylaw could harm concert attendance
Welland Tribune - May 23, 2013

PELHAM - Niagara Regions proposed smoke-free outdoor spaces bylaw has got some Pelham town councillors in a huff. I am neither a smoker, nor do I profess that its a good thing, Ward 3 Coun. John Durley said Monday night. However, its still legal for someone to go into a corner store to purchase and then use cigarettes. To completely ban it, is it an overkill? Six-Story Wooden Residential Buildings will Line ...
Watch List News (press release) - May 23, 2013

All it would take would be a majority vote by unit holders in a condo community, and the building would become smoke free. You would not be able to smoke in ...

Council quashes smoking ban
The North Bay Nugget - May 22, 2013

In a surprising move Monday, several council members put a halt to strict new smoking regulations that would have made it off limits to light up in virtually any ...

No Cigarettes In Pharmacies May 31
CJOB-May 21, 2013

No Cigarettes In Pharmacies May 31. CJOB News Team reporting ... "Nine, ten years ago there was a ban on the display of tobacco. Since then, there really has ...

Rodeo "SWAP to STOP" sets up trading post to reduce tobacco use
Canada NewsWire (press release) - May 21, 2013

Leading health organizations are joining forces for a second year to promote a tobacco-free lifestyle at various rodeos across Alberta this summer and encouraging rodeo goers to "SWAP to STOP" tobacco use. Beginning on May 29, 2013 at the Grande Prairie Stompede, the SWAP to STOP campaign will invite rodeo athletes and attendees to swap their cigarettes and smokeless tobacco for NICORETTE® gum and start going tobacco-free. ...

Smoking ban sought at Sparks Street mall - May 17, 2013

BIA head fears ban would hurt bars. Sparks Street Business Improvement Area chair Sam Elsaadi, the owner of La Mode Hair Studio, said banning smoking on ...

Nominations open for tobacco-free awards - May 12, 2013

In celebration of World No Tobacco Day on May 31 the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit plans to hand out awards recognizing individuals and organizations that encourage and support others to live without the addictive weed.

Prison smoking bans: clearing the air
CMAJ - May 10, 2013

In 2014, Quebec will become the last province in Canada to ban smoking anywhere in its provincial prisons. The province has already banned smoking indoors, ...

CRD board butts out smoking ban
Sooke News Mirror - May 9, 2013

A proposed ban on smoking in all public places including parks, playgrounds and wilderness areas in the Capital Regional District was defeated by a 12-11 vote ...

It's a hospital; you can't smoke
The Chronicle Journal - May 7, 2013

ITS TAKEN nine years, but Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre is finally preparing to enforce the No Smoking policy that is routinely ignored. People dont smoke in the hospital; nor do most smoke at the entrances. But the ban concerns smoking anywhere on the property. For nicotine addicts, this is a real dilemma, which is probably why the hospital has ignored the presence of smokers huddled against outside walls in winter and relaxing on benches in summer.

Housing goes smoke-free
Timmins Press - May 6, 2013

The Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board unveiled its first smoke-free residence in Timmins on Melrose Ave. on Friday. From left are CDSSAB ...

The real cost of smoking tenants
Canadian Real Estate (ca) - May 6, 2013

Here may be more proof that smoking tenants compromise resale value, with a survey suggesting half of buyers are inclined to give those properties a miss. The study, sponsored by smoking-cessation drug producer Pfizer Canada, canvassed 401 real estate agents and brokers for their take on selling properties where smoking routinely took place. Some 56 per cent of those real estate professionals said buyers a ...

Thunder Bay hospital to crack down on smoking - May 6, 2013

The building and grounds have been officially smoke-free since it opened nine years ago, but patients and staff can frequently be seen smoking on the property.

Smoking banned in city parks as of May 1 - Northern Life - April 30, 2013

Lighting up at the ball field, soccer pitch or at city parks will be against the law as of May 1 in Greater Sudbury.

Council to vote on outdoor smoking ban
The North Bay Nugget - April 28, 2013

Coun. Dave Mendicino, whose community services committee is responsible for the proposed smoking ban at outdoor public places, said based on last week's ...

Hundreds of new smoking ban violations last year - April 28, 2013

Ottawa city council passed the harsher smoking ban in February of 2012, banning smoking on outdoor patios, city-owned beaches and parks and any festivals ...

Smoke Free Bluewater Health - April 27, 2013

The hospital is now offering an Employee Smoking Cessation Program to all new employees identified as smoking in the past six month during the pre-hiring ...

Hospital faces challenges enforcing non-smoking policy
Prince Albert Daily Herald - April 26, 2013

As the snow melts around the hospital, visitors and residents of the building have noticed a lot of cigarette butts scattering the grounds. Since the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region has a policy in place banning smoking from the grounds, many people have complaints not only about the butts littering the ground but also of those smoking on the grounds.

Students Want Smoke Free Spaces
Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre - April 26, 2013

A pair of students from Peninsula Shores District School have suggested to South Bruce Peninsula council that smoke-free outdoor spaces should be created ...

Editorial: Everyone pays smokers' costs
Victoria Times Colonist - April 26, 2013

The Capital Regional District is moving closer to extending its Clean Air Bylaw to prohibit smoking in parks, playgrounds, public squares and beaches. You would think common sense and courtesy would make such a measure unnecessary, but were not holding our breath except to avoid inhaling second-hand smoke.

Grey County may still see outdoor smoking ban
The Post - Ontario - April 25, 2013

Bruce County may have said no to an outdoor public spaces smoking ban, but the ... and more municipalities are developing outdoor smoking bans and policies.

Greater Victoria politicians a step closer to banning smoking in parks, on beaches
Victoria Times Colonist - April 24, 2013

Capital Regional District directors are a step closer to snuffing out smoking in some outdoor public spaces, including on beaches and in parks. … Unlike when it implemented its Clean Air bylaw in 1999, restricting smoking in restaurants and businesses, the CRD would not be a leader if it extends the ban to ...

Leamington plans public meeting on outdoor smoking ban
CTV News - April 24, 2013

Leamington council is considering a smoking ban in a number of outdoor public ... a by-law that bans smoking around sports and recreation areas in the town.

Public input sought on patio smoking ban
The North Bay Nugget - April 23, 2013

City politicians are also considering banning smoking at outdoor public places, including ... And, although smoking at beaches would also be banned under the ...

Quebec says province's jails are going smoke-free
Nunatsiaq News - April 22, 2013

Soon there will no smoking in Quebec jails, Quebecs minister of public security said April 19.

Grey may still see outdoor smoking controls
Owen Sound Sun Times - April 21, 2013

Bruce County may have said no to an outdoor public spaces smoking ban, but the ... and more municipalities are developing outdoor smoking bans and policies.

City considers Smoking restrictions
The North Bay Nugget - April 21, 2013

The proposed expansion of the city's smoking bylaw to restaurant and bar patios, parks and beaches, playgrounds, sports fields and trails will be discussed ...

Greater Victoria politicians consider smoking ban for parks ...
Victoria Times Colonist - April 20, 2013

Smoking restrictions for public safety reasons, such as risk of fires, fall under the jurisdiction of municipalities. However, the CRD has exclusive authority to enact ...

Bruce County Outdoor Smoking Bylaw Rejected - April 19, 2013

The rejection of an outdoor smoking ban by Bruce County is a disappointment to the Grey Bruce Medical Officer of Health. Bruce County is mainly concerned ...

Huron Considers Restricting Outdoor Smoking - April 18, 2013

Huron County councillors have agreed to get input from residents as well as lower-tier councils on a proposed bylaw to restrict smoking in outdoor places.

Smoking ban exemption for First Nations - First Perspective
Canada First Perspective - April 19, 2013

On March 4, the council gave the first three readings to the bylaw to introduce smoking bans at locations including beaches, playgrounds and parks. The third ...

Huron County considers outdoor smoking ban
Huron News Now - April 18, 2013

Huron County considers outdoor smoking ban ... will be doing the 'right thing' to protect their children by banning smoking in outdoor public spaces, says Coun. …

Okoli, C.T.; Pederson, A.; Rice, W., "Support for a smoke-free bylaw in parks and on beaches," Health Policy [Epub ahead of print], April 17, 2013.

In September 2010, Vancouver, Canada enacted a smoke-free bylaw in parks and on beaches. ... Approximately 84.2% of the sample endorsed the legislation; a greater proportion of non-smokers supported the bylaw than smokers (88.6% vs. 52.0%). ... These findings suggest strong public support in Vancouver for the smoke-free bylaw in parks and on beaches. Jurisdictions considering such legislation should address attitudes which can promote or hinder its adoption. Examination of such policy support on diverse groups within the population may enhance the development of equitable public health policy.

It's official: butt out at playgrounds and parks - April 17, 2013

“Oakville is proud to join more than 70 other Ontario municipalities that have passed local bylaws to prohibit or restrict smoking in and around public areas,” said ...

City eyes smoking ban for parks
Salmon Arm Observer - April 17, 2013

City eyes smoking ban for parks ... A city bylaw prohibiting smoking in Fletcher Park may be wafting into several more parks and playgrounds under the city's ...

Smoking slashes a home's resale value by nearly 30%: survey
National Post (ca) - April 16, 2013

Pfizer Canada surveyed Ontario and Quebec real estate agents about the cost of a home’s resale value and found that having the smell of smoke – which gets absorbed into carpets, walls and ceilings – can lower the sale price by up to 29%. “With an average

Penticton council stands firm on smoking ban for beach
Pentiction Western News - April 16, 2013

Council revisited their upcoming bylaw banning smoking on beaches, but ... their ban on smoking on area beaches this week, and while the ban is still on its way ...

Calgary looking to copy Medicine Hat Smoking ban
660 News - April 9, 2013

A Calgary Alderman is hoping to follow Medicine Hat's lead, and ban smoking in public areas. Medicine Hat city council has passed a “smoke free outdoor ...

New law bans public smoking in Medicine Hat - April 7, 2013

A new law set to take effect in Medicine Hat will ban smoking in outdoor public places just in time for summer. …

Hamilton to enforce smoking ban
CHCH News - April 5, 2013

Hamilton will be enforcing its smoking ban in city parks, recreation areas, and ... Smokers will receive a warning, but if they refuse to follow the new law they'll ...

Grand River Hospital's smoking ban the right move
Waterloo Record - April 5, 2013

Administrators at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener should be commended for their recent decision to ban smoking on hospital property. It is the last hospital in the region to institute a smoking ban. ...

LETTER: Medical pot smokers should have rules
York Region - April 4, 2013

Hope you get good pain relief, people. It seems many don't care about defenceless children who now suffer with you. ...

Total ban on smoking at recreational facilities effective May 1
Cowichan News Leader Pictorial - April 4, 2013

Several facilities have implemented policies banning smoking in buildings and ... and commission opted to follow suit with bans for both buildings and grounds.

Ottawa celebrates one year of expanded smoke-free spaces and ...
Ottawa Start (press release)-April 3, 2013

Today marks the first anniversary of the City of Ottawa's expanded smoke-free spaces. For one year 1,200 parks, 1,100 municipal properties, four beaches, the ...

Grand River Hospital going tobacco-free on April 2
Exchange Morning Post (press release) - April 1, 2013

Kitchener - On April 2 implementation of Grand River Hospital’s (GRH) tobacco-free policy will take place. This new policy will see all GRH buildings and grounds tobacco and smoke free to support the health of our patients, visitors, staff, volunteers and community. …

Ottawa's misguided approach to e-cigarettes - April 1, 2013

… Instead, my government wants to kill me. Or so I infer from its attitude toward “electronic cigarettes,” the trendy new devices that can deliver inhaled nicotine without the tar and other carcinogens that come with the consumption of a traditional idea stick. E-cigarettes are poorly tested alternatives to a device that is often fatal when used as directed, which suggests that regulation might have meagre benefit at best. But Health Canada has unconditionally forbidden the sale of e-cigarettes containing nicotine, and Canada Customs seizes nicotine cartridges when people are caught ordering them from abroad. …

Iqaluit's Toonik Tyme goes smoke-free
Nunatsiaq News - March 26, 2013

The spirit of Toonik Tyme: Maiya, Emma and Jeremy Nadrowski take a break to have hot chocolate during the 2012 Toonik Tyme festivities. Toonik Tyme 2013 ...

Lung Association wants ban on e-cigarettes for teens - March 26, 2013

The New Brunswick Lung Association is calling for a ban on the sales of electronic cigarettes to young people. E-cigarettes come in candy-like flavours, such as ...

E-smokes are real lifesavers
Winnipeg Free Press - March 26, 2013
By The Economist

SOME inventions are so simple, you have to wonder why no one has come up with them before. …

Public backs smoking ban: survey
The North Bay Nugget - March 23, 2013

NORTH BAY - There's community support for a proposed smoking ban at restaurant and bar patios and outdoor public places, according to research conducted jointly by the city and the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. The research, which included an online survey, shows that of the 563 respondents, 57% are in favour of smoke-free patios; 87.2% want smoking banned at playgrounds; 76.1% support a ban on lighting up at sports fields; 64.3% want parks to be smoke-free; 63.3% are in favour of no smoking at beaches; and 60.4% believe trails should also be smoke-free. …

West Lincoln applauds smoking ban - March 21, 2013

Smoking could soon be banned on all West Lincoln properties ­ and municipal and regional properties across Niagara. Niagara’s regional council will soon debate a Smoke-Free outdoor Spaces Bylaw, which would effectively ban the activity on all municipal and regional properties in Niagara. The move was applauded in West Lincoln, one of four Niagara municipalities to enact smoking bans beyond those outlined in the Smoke Free Ontario Act. …

Smoking ban passes first reading
Medicine Hat News - March 19, 2013

A new bylaw that would ban smoking in city parks, beaches and sports fields quickly passed first reading at Monday evening's city council meeting – a step ...

City eyes patio smoking ban
The North Bay Nugget - March 15, 2013

NORTH BAY - City politicians will consider a tougher smoking bylaw with a possible ban on lighting up at restaurant and bar patios and outdoor public places, including parks and beaches. …

Stop smoking near non-smokers
Burnaby Now - March 15, 2013

The harmful effects of second-hand smoke are well-known, and non-smokers should not have to be forced to risk the long-term effects caused by breathing in ...

Niagara council sends staff back to drawing board on anti-smoking ...
Bullet News Niagara - March 11, 2013

Smokers will have to wait at least three more weeks to find out if they could soon be ... their own bylaws with even tighter restrictions on smoking in public places.

Manitoba provincial parks first in Canada to have smoke-free public ... (blog) - March 9, 2013

The hundreds of thousands of Manitoba families and tourists who visit Manitoba's parks each year will be able to enjoy smoke-free public beaches and ...

Butts banned at the beach
Brandon Sun - March 8, 2013

The only butt on the beach should be yours. That was the message from the province Thursday as it revealed plans to ban smoking at its 82 public beaches, including Grand Beach, and the dozens of playgrounds in its provincial parks by the summer of 2014. …

Smoking ban planned for public beaches and playgrounds in ...
CTV News - March 7, 2013

According to the province, Manitoba is the first jurisdiction in Canada to make public beaches and playgrounds smoke free in all of its park. Some American ...

Smokers brace for another ban - March 7, 2013

Once free to puff away to their heart's desire everywhere from smoke-filled ... At present, there's a mishmash of local bylaws, with different levels of restrictions.

Butt out on beaches - March 5, 2013

The Penticton city council will discuss banning smoking at public beaches at their meeting tonight, Monday. …

Fort Erie discusses implications of smoking ban - March 3, 2013

Be careful where you smoke in Fort Erie, because one local resident really, really doesn’t like smoking. In a report from Niagara Region’s Public Health Committee, one unnamed Fort Erie resident is quoted by the Region as saying, “I consider it a form of assault if someone smokes around me.” Friendship Festival organizer Flo Odding said she was contacted by the region prior to this year’s event, and asked if they could survey people there about the smoke-free outdoor spaces program. …

City of New Westminster eyes smoking ban in outdoor public areas - March 1, 2013

In an effort to limit exposure to second-hand smoke, the proposed new rules would see smoking prohibited in many public gathering areas as well as on ...

Aquatic and community centres going smoke-free - February 28, 2013

Following the conclusion of the Cowichan Valley Capitals' hockey season, the property shared by the Island Savings and Cowichan Aquatic Centres will be ...

Health Canada's E-Cig restrictions deserve to go up in smoke
The Weal - February 25, 2013

E-cigarettes contain no smoke, no tobacco and have fewer toxins than their paper alternative. They cost less than cigarettes, as one e-cigarette cartridge is equal ...

Expanded smoking bans being prepared
Owen Sound Sun Times - February 24, 2013

Work continues on the preparation of a smoke-free outdoors bylaw in Grey and Bruce, with Bruce County council expected to beat their Grey County colleagues to the punch. Both counties' corporate services committees are preparing bylaws that would ban smoking at outdoor recreational areas such as playgrounds, beaches and ...

Wellness Centre designated smoke free zone
NG News - February 22, 2013

NEW GLASGOW – The Pictou County Wellness Centre Authority has announced that it has designated the entire Wellness Centre property as a smoke free ...

Ottawa Bluesfest to go smoke free - February 22, 2013

Bluesfest 2013 is going smoke free, but there are questions about whether the music festival can make the new rule stick. Festival director Mark Monahan ...

City's smoking ban doesn't make sense
The Sudbury Star - February 22, 2013

I am a non-smoker, having quit at age 17 after years of smoking. Now, in this age of political correctness, we are collectively looking at banning smoking in ...

Smoking banned outside Surrey hospitals
Vancouver Sun - February 21, 2013

Surrey has passed a bylaw prohibiting smoking at all of the city's hospitals after Fraser Health Authority warned that patients and hospital staff were ignoring the rules and puffing away in front of the doors. …

Lessons learned from the Windsor Casino
MetroNews Canada - February 20, 2013

On the quiet streets that line the boarded-up storefronts of downtown Windsor, everybody remembers the casino mania that swept through Canada’s ailing motor city nearly 20 years ago. ... But then the oft-told tale takes a darker turn. Three new Detroit-area casinos killed Windsor’s monopoly in the region, and tighter border restrictions and the near-collapse of the once mighty auto industry brought the bustle to a standstill. Numerous rounds of layoffs have left the Windsor facility with fewer than 3,000 employees, down from more than 5,000 in the late ’90s. … When legislation banned smoking in the casino and passport requirements kicked in, Michigan had the highest proportion of smokers in the U.S. ­ and the lowest proportion of passport holders. …

End gambling … and smoking, and drinking
Hamilton Spectator-February 20, 2013

According to city councillors, the opposition to a downtown casino by health-care ... Far more people are affected by smoking and drinking than gambling.

Bylaw to expand smoking ban in Mississauga
CanIndia News-February 19, 2013

The proposed bylaw, however, stops short of banning smoking on restaurant patios. But that was abandoned over fears of the impact such a ban would have on ...

Wong, S.L.; Malaison, E.; Hammond, D.; Leatherdale, S.T., "Secondhand smoke exposure among Canadians: cotinine and self-report: measures from the Canadian Health Measures Survey 2007-2009," Nicotine and Tobacco Research 15(3): 693-700, March 2013.

Conclusions: Despite well-known health risks associated with exposure to tobacco smoke, a substantial proportion of the Canadian population continues to be exposed to SHS. Higher percentages of certain subpopulations had detectable cotinine concentrations, including children, adolescents, and those exposed to SHS in the home.

Peel council passes bylaw to reduce second-hand smoke
Toronto (Ont) Star (ca) - Feb 15, 2013

Peel Region Council passed a bylaw on Thursday that bans people from smoking near municipally owned properties and recreation areas.

Thorold looking at smoke-free outdoor spaces bylaw
St. Catharines Standard - February 13, 2013

According to Brigantino, studies have shown that ensuring these areas are smoke-free benefits the larger population generally, promotes positive role modeling ...

One more hotel goes smoke-free
Northern News Services (subscription) - February 13, 2013

Receptionist Jill Law stands at the front desk of the Explorer Hotel on Monday. A smoke-free sign is on prominent display in the lobby. - Katherine Hudson/NNSL ...

Smokers must butt out in Sudbury parks 13, 2013

Sudbury councillors voted unanimously Tuesday night to ban smoking from parks, ... including North Bay, that have banned smoking from municipal parks.

City councillors to consider smoking ban
The Sudbury Star - February 12, 2013

Smokers could soon be banned from puffing in City of Greater Sudbury parks. … Of the 32 municipalities studied, the majority allow smoking in parks, but restrict where they're allowed to do it. North Bay prohibits smoking on every recreational ...

County to revisit outdoor smoking bylaw - February 12, 2013

Grey County council has voted to reconsider the Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces ... The Smoke Free Outdoor Places bylaw returned to the county council table after ...

Peel Health to table smoking ban
Mississauga - February 10, 2013

Peel Public Health wants to ban smokers from lighting up on municipally owned properties and outdoor child play areas. On Thursday, public health officials will recommend Peel Region Council enact a bylaw prohibiting smoking within nine metres of playgrounds, recreational facilities and entrances to municipal buildings. …

Niagara Region's New Outdoor Smoking Ban
What's On Thorold - February 7, 2013

Niagara Regional Council has been working on a by-law to restrict smoking from ... venues, created confusion as to which municipalities had which restrictions. ... 88% of Niagara residents support a by-law restricting smoking in outdoor public ...

Experts Say, Avoid E-Cigarettes Until Safety is Ensured
TopNews United States - February 7, 2013

Though, he considers that e-cigarettes are novelty products until now, it was found in a study on the products co-authored by him that Canadian smokers are ...

Grey County Looks at Smoking Again
Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre - February 6, 2013

Grey County Council agreed Tuesday to renew talks about a 'Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces' bylaw for parks, playgrounds, sports fields and beaches -- though it ...

Continue toward a smoke-free outdoors
Surrey Leader - February 4, 2013

As a resident of Surrey, a city which has surpassed the province's smoking restrictions, residents should know firsthand the benefits and the importance of ...

Smoke-free or not?
The Chronicle Journal - February 1, 2013

I have a question for the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre: Is smoking allowed on your property or not? Or do you simply suggest that people don't ...

Support smoke free spaces
Whistler Question - January 31, 2013

As National Non-Smoking Week winds up, the Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. and Yukon, is continuing to encourage the B.C. government ­ and all political parties ­ to support smoke-free public outdoor spaces including the patios of hospitality establishments, and where children play, such as parks, playgrounds and beaches. … But the vast majority view smoking restrictions as an important public health measure to protect us all from involuntary exposure. This is a valuable debate and ...

City eyes outdoors smoke ban
Brantford Expositor-by Hugo Rodrigues - January 30, 2013

City council intends to look at regulating smoking in outdoor public spaces. Councillors passed a resolution to the effect this week, but their broader discussion on the matter is shrouded as initial reports were considered an in-camera session. …

B.C. must butt out
Nanaimo News Bulletin - January 29, 2013

With National Non-Smoking Week last week, the Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. and Yukon, is continuing to encourage the B.C. government – and all political parties – to support smoke-free public outdoor spaces. …

Smoking in Sudbury parks fires up councillor - January 28, 2013

Sudbury city council will debate how far it should go in cracking down on smoking.. A campaign featuring Olympic gold-medal skier Ashleigh McIvor was Council is set to - new anti-smoking finalize a parks bylaw that restricts smokers from lighting up ... on smoking restrictio new anti-smoking ns ­ something in which he said most voters are in favour. …

Gold medallist joins anti-smoking campaign
CBC News (ca) - January 26, 2013

A new anti-smoking campaign featuring Olympic gold-medal skier Ashleigh McIvor was launched Saturday on the slopes of Mount Seymour in North Vancouver. McIvor has joined forces with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority to encourage skiers and snowboarders to butt out while they're on local mountains. …

ROGERS: Local e-cigarette use sparks health concerns
Vernon (BC) Morning Star (ca) - January 25, 2013

Until more is known about the potential risks, the safe play is to say no to electronic cigarettes. If you’re looking for help to stop smoking, please talk to a health professional about smoking cessation programs which are safe and effective.

National Non-smoking Week: Let's protect our children against second-hand smoke
Canada Newswire (CNW) (ca) - January 23, 2013

...the Quebec Lung Association, the Association of Pediatricians of Quebec and the Quebec Coalition for Tobacco Control are joining their voices to call on the Marois government to ban smoking in cars when kids are present - as is already the ccase in nine ...

Smoking ban called for
Coquitlam Now - January 25, 2013

In Coquitlam, smoking is banned at parks, commercial buildings and ... PoCo bans smoking in common public places, commercial establishments and bus stops ...

Canadian Cancer Society urges province-wide outdoor smoking ban
Whistler Question - January 24, 2013

Parks said studies have shown that outdoor smoking bans can increase motivation ... have all banned smoking on patios as well as other outdoor public spaces.

Brookvale to go smoke free in 2014
The Guardian Charlottetown - January 24, 2013

...And while much of the facility is already smoke free, we decided that we should take that a step further by banning smoking anywhere on the property much like ...

Anti-smoking champ lauded for work
Peace Arch News - January 23, 2013

...Receiving the market rent subsidy only confirms there continues to be a real shortage of smoke-free, social housing available to others like me who live on ...

Anti-smoking champ lauded for work
Peace Arch News - January 23, 2013

Receiving the market rent subsidy only confirms there continues to be a real shortage of smoke-free, social housing available to others like me who live on ...

Pressure is on to butt out - January 22, 2013

As national non-smoking week kicks off, the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is placing pressure on the BC government to increase restrictions on outdoor ...

Province asked to make patios, parks and playgrounds smoke-free
Coast Reporter - January 22, 2013

The Canadian Cancer Society, B.C. and Yukon, is calling for regulations that would make outdoor patios of bars and restaurants as well as beaches, parks and ...

National Non-Smoking Week Ongoing in Saskatchewan
TopNews United States - January 22, 2013

Ongoing week is national non-smoking week, announces the Canadian Cancer Society. January is celebrated as Tobacco Reduction Month and as the week ...

Smoking in Canada is on the decline, except in Yukon - January 21, 2013

A report from Statistics Canada on smoking cessation program effectiveness found that restrictions on smoking at home and at work were actually pretty effective ...

Broader Smoking Ban Called For In BC
Huffington Post Canada-January 20, 2013

Smoking on eatery and bar patios has already been banned in many ... year calling for a similar, sweeping province-wide ban on smoking outdoors and Seely ...

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on National Non ... 20, 2013

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement highlighting the importance of National Non-Smoking Week, taking place from January ...

Cancer group calls for more restrictions on smoking
Victoria Times Colonist-Jan 20, 2013

The B.C. and Yukon branch of the Canadian Cancer Society is calling on the province to make all outdoor bar and restaurant patios as well as beaches, parks ...

LETTER: Bike-repair station not for smoking
Victoria (BC) Times Colonist (ca) - January 8, 2013

As Victoria is supposed to be the cycling capital of Canada, I was shocked to see the condition of the bike-repair station at Victoria International Airport. The bike-repair stand was full of cigarette butts and two people were actually smoking cigarett ...

Change Is In The Air - Health Unit Promotes Importance of Smoke ... - January 7, 2013

When it comes to multi-unit dwellings, the provincial Smoke-Free Ontario Act only bans ... A recent survey by the Ontario Smoke-Free Housing Coalition found ...

Ethics commissioner to investigate possible conflict of interest in 'Tobacco-gate'
Canadian Television (CTV) (ca) - January 7, 2013

Alberta’s Ethics Commissioner has confirmed he has begun to investigate a possible conflict of interest in choosing law firms to represent the province in a lawsuit against tobacco companies. ...

Smoking Ban Dead (ca) - December 31, 2012

The latest smoking ban initiative in Lambton County will remain dormant for least two years. Smokers will still be able to puff away on sports fields and playgrounds. The bylaw required a so-called "triple majority" of county council ...

Trent Hills preparing tobacco-free recreation spaces
Northumberland News - December 18, 2012

Trent Hills preparing tobacco-free rec spaces. TRENT HILLS -- Heather Grundy, a health promoter with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, ...

Support found lacking for smoke ban in city housing
Brantford Expositor - December 12, 2012

The city's housing department is working on a plan to deal with the problem of second-hand smoke across all its buildings. A staff report on the smoke-free housing initiative, presented to the social services committee, says there's not enough support for a smoke-free housing policy. …

Trent Hills preparing tobacco-free rec spaces
Northumberland News - December 12, 2012

TRENT HILLS -- The municipality is moving steadily toward making all of its recreational spaces a tobacco-free environment. In September, council passed a bylaw that prohibited smoking, inhaling or chewing tobacco within nine metres of any building owned by the municipality as well as any public playground, skate park, beach, wading pool or splash pad. …

Smoking bylaw to be changed at Surrey Memorial
News1130 - December 11, 2012

SURREY (NEWS1130) - Very soon you won't be able to smoke at Surrey Memorial Hospital ... and it would allow for penalties on anyone who violated the restrictions. …

Tobacco whistleblower testifies industry underplays health risks
CBC News (ca) - December 10, 2012

Inspiration for movie The Insider takes stand in Montreal in $27B class-action lawsuit...

Smoke-Free Bylaw Enforced at St Joseph's General Hospital Elliot ...
LOCAL2 Sault Ste. Marie - December 10, 2012

…no smoking St Joseph's General Hospital Elliot Lake (SJGH EL) and Algoma Public Health (APH) officials are advising patients, staff and visitors that ...

Alberta anti-smoking group wary of tobacco lobby
iNews880 CHQT-AM (ca) - December 8, 2012

An anti-smoking group is optimistic it's just a matter of time before Alberta bans the sale of flavoured tobacco. . . . There's only one thing that worries Hagen: tobacco lobbyists. "We're keeping a very close eye on that situation." he says. "To date, ...

Town considers expanding smoke-free bylaw
Truro Daily News - December 4, 2012

Truro town council is considering expanding its smoke-free bylaw within town limits. A letter from Doug MacKenzie, the town's parks, recreation and culture ...

It's time to end tobacco sales in pharmacies
Langley Times - November 30, 2012

Editor: On May 31, 2013, British Columbia will have the infamous distinction of being the only Canadian province that still allows tobacco to be sold in pharmacies and stores that contain a pharmacy. …

Smoking ban urged for parks, beaches
Vernon Morning Star - November 30, 2012

France, the oasis of smoking, has banned smoking in public places.” Council will consider the proposed ban at its Dec. 10 meeting. “Smoking can cause many ...

Tobacco reduction strategy could be tougher
Brooks Bulletin - November 27, 2012

Other initiatives the government is expected to consider are point-of-sale health warning signage, tobacco tax increases, further restrictions on smoking in public ...

Should smoking be banned?
High River Times - November 27, 2012

Currently, Alberta bans smoking in public places and workplaces, including within five ... The Alberta Government's three-year plan includes banning smoking in more ... Whether we want to believe it or not, an outright smoking ban could be ...

CBRM studying outdoor smoking ban
Cape Breton (NS) Post (ca) - November 24, 2012

Cape Breton Regional councillors have asked staff to put more work into considering whether the municipality should ban smoking at outdoor spaces....

Doin' it right: put that cigarette down
Vancouver (BC) Sun (ca) - November 25, 2012

Hospital tries to stamp out on-site smoking for good with video...

LETTERS: SHATENSTEIN/HAGEN: Banning smoking in vehicles not a 'nanny state' issue
London (Ontario) Free Press - November 24, 2012

On the very day you published Lorne Gunter's umpteenth "nanny state" diatribe, a new study revealed that a child spending only 10 minutes in a car with a smoker present will suffer a 30% increase in exposure to toxic fine particulate matter from …

Tobacco reduction strategy 2012–2022
Alberta Health and Wellness (ca) - November 22, 2012

Creating Tobacco-Free Futures: Alberta’s Strategy to Prevent and Reduce Tobacco Use, 2012–2022 outlines a long-range plan to help Albertans avoid and quit using tobacco products. Over the next 3 years, the Strategy will focus on: ...

Region Proposes Smoke-Free Outdoor Spaces Bylaw
What's On Thorold - November 12, 2012

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act protects children from smoking outdoors on properties that contain day nurseries, elementary and high schools, it does not apply to ...

Health unit will try locals for outdoor smoking bans
Owen Sound Sun Times - November 8, 2012

Grey and Bruce have both said no to countywide bylaws banning smoking at ... voted Tuesday to abandon public health's proposed ban on smoking within a ...

LETTER: Why allow smoking on hospital property?
Victoria (BC) Times Colonist (ca) - November 8, 2012

My wife was released from Victoria General Hospital on Sunday. As she walked outside for the first time in more than a week, her first breath of "fresh air" was filled with cigarette smoke. ...

Smoking in Sudbury parks could be snuffed out - November 6, 2012

Sudbury city councillors lit up debate on how to keep people from smoking in parks after city staff suggested a bylaw to discourage people from doing so. …

Tobacco firms $50B suit thrown out
Canadian Press - November 6, 2012

Two big foreign-owned tobacco companies asked Ontario's top court Monday to dismiss a $50-billion lawsuit launched against them by the provincial government. ...

Toronto right to ban public smoking
Hamilton Spectator - October 29, 2012

In Toronto, the board of health is considering expanding the smoking ban to “uncovered restaurant patios, public sports fields, hospital grounds, bus stops, ...

E-Cigarettes Banned in Canada But Smoking Isn't?
About - News & Issues - October 28, 2012

E-Cigarettes Banned in Canada But Smoking Isn't? ... E-cigarettes containing non-nicotine cartridges are not banned, nor are other nicotine replacement ...

EDITORIAL: Smoking ban a logical and defensible policy
(Prince Edward Island) Guardian (ca) - October 27, 2012

It's unfortunate that the new no-smoking policy at the provincial addictions treatment facility isn't sitting well with some patients, but it's a good policy nevertheless....

Holy smoke! Ban likely on patio smoking soon too
CanIndia News - October 26, 2012

In the next few days, public consultations are to be conducted by the Toronto Board of Health on whether no-smoking ban should be extended ...

Rossland council asking for input on dogs and smoking in downtown
Rossland News - October 25, 2012

Rossland council is looking for public input on the downtown dog leash bylaw as well as gauging the interest in a smoking ban. This, to coincide with the ...

Toronto considering expanded smoking ban; public consultations ... - October 23, 2012

The proposed ban expansion would prohibit smoking at uncovered restaurant patios, public sports fields, hospital grounds, bus stops, public squares and ...

City bans smoking in parks
Queen's Journal - October 23, 2012

A smoke-free bylaw was first introduced in Kingston in 2002 and banned smoking in ... “If you were to stretch the bill further, you'd have to ban Humphrey Bogard [sic]...

Toronto health board to consider expanded smoking bylaw - October 22, 2012

Under the Smoke Free Ontario Act (SFOA) passed by the provincial government in 2006, smoking is banned on covered patios. McKeown wants to ban smoking ...

Toronto Board of Health to consider broader smoking bans
CTV News - October 22, 2012

Toronto Board of Health to consider broader smoking bans ... The city passed its own regulations in 2009, extending the ban to include areas near playgrounds, ...

Proposal to licence hookah bars struck down
CityNews - October 19, 2012

Toronto's licensing and standards committee wants more time to examine the health ... leaves, also known as shisha, that are flavoured and sometimes contain tobacco. ... passes through water, it's healthier than smoking cigarettes and cigars. …

Toronto hookah establishments under scanner for health concerns
Vancouver Sun - October 19, 2012

TORONTO - Health concerns about non-tobacco water pipe smoking in Toronto's hookah establishments have led city licensing staff to pursue regulations. …

Canmore council rejects outdoor smoking ban
Canmore Leader - October 18, 2012

Canmore council recently rejected a proposed ban on outdoor smoking at public ... That's because Canmore town council isn't interested in banning smoking in ...

Toronto wants to clamp down on hookah lounges
MetroNews Canada - October 17, 2012

City licensing officials are trying to clamp down on Toronto's hookah establishments ... regulations, citing medical concerns over non-tobacco water-pipe use. …

Board of health to consider extending smoking ban to more outdoor areas - October 16, 2012

The Toronto board of health is set to consider a recommendation to tighten the city’s smoking by-law by restricting people from lighting up in more outdoor areas, including on all restaurant and bar patios, on and around sports fields, on hospital grounds and in building entrances. …

Smoking ban proposed for Toronto patios and sports fields
MetroNews Canada - October 16, 2012

If the board approves public consultations, a final decision on extending the ban could come next year. The suggestion for extended smoking bans comes from a ...

St. Catharines council holds off on park smoking ban
News Talk 610 CKTB - October 16, 2012

St. Catharines city council taking a wait and see attitude before implementing a smoking ban in public parks and sports fields. Mayor Brian McMullan tells 610 ...

New Smoking Bylaw Up for Debate and Vote
News Talk 1290 (Canada) - October 9, 2012

The new bylaw that could see more strict smoking bans in the city will be debated ... looking at implementing the bylaw that would ban smoking 9 meters from entrances ... Usher says he wanted to see it banned in parks, such as Victoria Park, ...

Smoking ban at parks considered in Lakeshore - October 9, 2012

Smoking ban at parks considered in Lakeshore ... A new smoking bylaw designed to filter smokers from parks and recreation areas is in the works in the Town of ...

Whitby mother wants smokers to butt out in outdoor play areas - October 5, 2012

WHITBY -- Kelly Connolley would like to see a bylaw enacted for smoke-free outdoor public places in Whitby, including parks that she regularly visits with her ...

Residents urged to report illegal tobacco use
Northumberland Today - October 4, 2012

Despite a six-year-old ban on smoking in Ontario workplaces, some area businesses are still breaking the rules, and that is resulting in the local Health Unit renewing efforts to clear the air, states a release from the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. It is reminding local businesses and residents that smoke-free workplaces are the law in Ontario. Since 2006, the Smoke-Free Ontario Act has banned smoking ...

Strengthened anti-smoking bylaw passes hurdle
MetroNews Canada - October 2, 2012

Lighting up near recreation areas and doors to city-owned buildings could soon warrant a fine. The city’s community services committee will recommend Oct. 9 that council pass a bylaw prohibiting smoking within 9 metres (30 feet) of places like playgrounds and building entrances. …

Smoking Bylaw Public Meeting Held Tonight
News Talk 1290 - October 1, 2012

The public will get their say tonight as a meeting is held on smoking in London. Changes to London's smoking bylaw will be discussed, with the idea of it being banned ... That would also include Victoria Park and would ban smoking during the ...

Smoking debate headed to London council chambers
MetroNews Canada – September 30, 2012

The research showed other cities have taken a variety of approaches to curbing smoking on municipal property. The all-out ban in parks is the most stringent ...

UBCM delegates call for expanded smoking ban
News1130 – September 30, 2012

The resolution at the Union of BC Municipalities convention calls for a province-wide ban on smoking at beaches, parks, outdoor public events, and even patios. …

Fines imposed under law banning smoking in cars with kids - September 28, 2012

Penalties have been imposed on 54 people caught smoking in vehicles with youngsters present, a no-no in Saskatchewan since October of 2010. The law ...

Residential tower passes non-smoking bylaw
Vancouver Sun - September 27, 2012

Dozens of strata members at Vancouver's tallest all-residential tower hooted and hollered after a motion passed Tuesday outlawing smoking in any of the building's 237 units. …

Burned for smoking on school property
Chatham Daily News - September 20, 2012

The Chatham-Kent public health unit hired Nikola Davidovic in 2008 to educate and enforce the rules contained in the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. Davidovic said ...

Residents weigh in on proposed smoking ban
Sarnia Observer - September 9, 2012

Lambton County residents are split over a bylaw which would prohibit smoking within nine metres of outdoor recreation areas. Comments from both sides of the ...

WENDY ELLIOTT: Puffing should be limited
Kings County (NS) Register/Advertiser (ca) - September 9, 2012

Over a year ago now, a senior citizen complained to the Western Regional Housing Authority about a neighbour smoking in a seniors’ complex smoking. Since she has asthma, one can hardly blame Margaret MacNeil. The 79-year-old said, one recent morning at 6:30 a.m. she had to call 911 because of second-hand smoke. The RCMP confirmed smoke in the apartment building was causing an asthma attack. EHS was called to assist MacNeil with her breathing. She has had to leave her apartment on three occasions due to deteriorating breathing, but the smoking goes on. ...

Hospitals going smoke-free
Paris Star - September 7, 2012

The Brant Community Healthcare System is going smoke-free. Beginning Monday (SEPT 10) smoking will not be allowed on the hospital grounds at Brantford General Hospital and Willett Hospital including all parking areas and in vehicles. …

Lumby smoking ban limited to kids' areas
Vernon Morning Star - September 7, 2012

“We were receiving complaints about smoking around children and we addressed ... “There is support from some in the community for an all-out ban on smoking ...

Residents fired up over outdoor smoking ban
Sarnia Observer - September 6, 2012

Lambton County has endorsed a bylaw that would ban outdoor smoking ... The original would have also banned smoking on beaches, golf courses and patios.

A ban on smoking dogs! Council contemplates new bylaws for a ...
Rossland Telegraph - September 6, 2012

As Columbia Ave. gets a fresh coat of concrete - complete with impromptu doggie prints - Coun. Jody Blomme raised the twin issues of public smoking and downtown dogs at Tuesday's regular council meeting. …

County endorses partial outdoor smoking ban
Sarnia Observer - September 5, 2012

Lambton County councillors endorsed a bylaw Wednesday that would prohibit smokers from lighting up near outdoor recreational areas, playgrounds and sports ...

Council fails to clear the air
Vernon Morning Star - September 2, 2012

When a councillor protests a smoking ban to please a small percentage of the ... to other towns that have implemented bans on smoking in parks and facilities, ...

Outdoor smoking ban fails to ignite
Wellington Advertiser - August 30, 2012

Where there is smoke, there’s a bylaw - usually. That said, Puslinch councillors are not yet ready to take the plunge into extending smoking bans to outdoor recreational areas. …

Smoking ban at public parks will be presented at public meeting
London Community News - August 30, 2012

A public meeting this fall will let London residents have their say on whether smoking should be banned in public parks or if the current rule of no restriction will remain in place. …

Victoria Bylaw Loophole Opens Door For Hookah Pipes
Huffington Post Canada - August 27, 2012

... A loophole in Victoria's anti-smoking bylaw has opened the door for businesses to allow indoor smoking with hookahs, or water pipes. …

Seniors fuming over indoor smoking ban
24 Hours Vancouver - August 23, 2012

Some elderly residents of a Vancouver retirement home say a smoking ban imposed on the facility by Vancouver Coastal Health is more dangerous to them than ...

Lumby takes cautious approach with smoking ban
Vernon Morning Star - August 21, 2012

The Village of Lumby is proposing a ban on smoking in areas frequented by children, including ... Smoking will be banned at some Lumby recreational facilities. …

Hospitals, hotels may adopt smoke-free policy
CTV News - Aug 20, 2012

You may soon have to butt out before you step on the grounds of some hospitals or hotels in Ottawa. Officials from Ottawa Public Health (OPH) said it has been ...

Smoking on the Hub trail. Okay but please don`t - pretty please - August 16, 2012

"I would like to see a ban on smoking in the Hub Trail," said Bruni. "We've banned smoking in most of our other facilities. ... officials on rotating sections as an effective means of making sure people follow any potential by-law banning smoking. …

Tobacco Lawsuit Dismissed
National Post (ca) - Aug 15, 2012

A million class-action lawsuit by tobacco farmers that accuses the federal and Ontario governments of turning a blind eye to contraband tobacco, seriously undermining the legal cigarette industry in the process, has hit a brick wall. …

No smoking in Grande Prairie playgrounds
Alberta Daily Herald Tribune - August 8, 2012

Starting today, smokers could face a fine of as much as $250 if they are caught smoking within 10 metres of playgrounds and sports fields while children are present …

Campus smoking bans are drifting too far - August 7, 2012

Memorial University, it seems, is edging towards becoming the next Canadian university to ban smoking entirely on its campus. …

Trent Hills to ban smoking at outdoor recreational facilities
Northumberland News - July 24, 2012

Northumberland News | Trent Hills to ban smoking at outdoor recreational facilities. ... 1, smokers will be banned from lighting up within nine metres of any public skatepark, ... Ninety-six per cent of the respondents supported banning smoking near ... Mr. Rutter said outdoor smoking bans are "becoming more and more ...

Tobacco-free policy now official in South Dundas
The Morrisburg Leader - Jul 5, 2012

Graham was referring to the tobacco-free policy, which took effect in South ... Ben Macpherson first introduced the idea of a tobacco-free policy to council on April ...

Hookahs banned in city parks, All smoking implements now banned from parks and beaches
EMC Ottawa South - Jul 5, 2012

News Hookahs banned in city parks, All smoking implements now banned from ... Smoke-Free Ottawa bylaw, which bans cigarette smoking on city property. ... ban applies to restaurant and bar patios, the non-tobacco smoking ban does not ...

Tasha Kheiriddin: Ottawa smoking bylaw chooses shaming over success
National Post - Jul 4, 2012

I've never understood the ban on smoking in outdoor areas. While second-hand smoke builds up a bitter haze indoors, outside it disappears, quite literally, into thin air. ... Anti-smoking activists are currently trying to have the product banned in ...

LETTER: Diners can't enjoy patios because of smokers
Burlington (Ont) Post (ca) - Jul 5, 2012

Now that it is warmer I would like nothing better than to eat out on a patio. Why is it that people are allowed to smoke out there? I've always believed that food and smoking do not go together. …

Beach smoking ban sparks defiance
Ottawa Sun - July 2, 2012

Despite a strict outdoor smoking ban that kicked in Monday, smokers still defiantly decided to light up on city beaches. …

Smoke-Free Enforcement Starts Today
Ottawa Citizen (blog) - July 2, 2012

This is a release from the City of Ottawa: Beginning July 2, following a three-month education phase, the City of Ottawa's new, expanded smoke-free regulations ...

Smoke-free living catches on in Barrie
The Barrie Advance - June 29, 2012

BARRIE - Barrie Municipal Non-Profit Housing (BNPHC) is going smoke-free. …

Warning period for new smoking ban ends Monday
Your Ottawa Region - June 28, 2012

OTTAWA - As of July 2, the city's expanded smoke-free regulations will be in full effect following a three-month education period. …

Georgina smoking ban in effect in October - June 28, 2012

The outdoor smoking ban will become law Oct. 9. ... But proponents of outdoor smoke bans have said voluntary compliance is often a key component to success. …

No more hookahs in Ottawa parks: ban approved at city council
MetroNews Canada - June 28, 2012

City council paved the way for a ban on smoking water-pipes and non-tobacco products on municipal properties by amending the wording of a new bylaw. …

Council To Consider Smoke-Free Parks Bylaw
HQ Grande Prairie - June 27, 2012

City council will have a look at a proposed Smoke Free Parks bylaw that, once approved, will level $250 fines for those who light up within 10-metres of a ...

First charges laid for breaking city's no smoking in parks bylaw
Peterborough Examiner - June 27, 2012

When warnings over the last several weeks failed to convince people at baseball games to stop smoking, Peterborough County-City Health Unit laid the first two charges under the city’s smoking ban in city parks, a health unit’s tobacco enforcement officer said Wednesday. … The last phase of the ban was implemented on May 1, making smoking prohibited ... Many communities implementing similar restrictions or bans on smoking in ...

Report requested on outdoor smoking ban
Canmore Leader - June 27, 2012

The City of Edmonton approved in April a bylaw that bans smoking at playgrounds, sports fields and outdoor facilities frequented by children. That ban has given ...

Hookahs added to Ottawa smoking ban
Ottawa Citizen June 27, 2012

OTTAWA - A ban on smoking of water pipes and "non-tobacco" products at city parks, ...

Hanover Rejects Smoking Bylaw
Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre (Canada) June 26, 2012

Hanover Council voted 4-2 in rejecting the Grey Bruce Health Unit's Smoke Free Outdoor Spaces bylaw. Only Councillors Ed King and Peter Hambly supported ...

Proposed bylaw aims to curb hookah use
MetroNews Canada - June 21, 2012

The Community and Protective services committee will consider a bylaw that will ban the smoking of “non-tobacco products” in and around city facilities and ...

Ottawa looks to add hookah bars to smoking bylaw - June 21, 2012

The city's community and protective services committee will meet Thursday to discuss extending the city's smoking bylaws to include the growing phenomenon ...

Quebec files lawsuit against tobacco companies - June 8, 2012

The Quebec government announced on Friday it is launching a $60 billion lawsuit against tobacco manufacturers. ...

Signs in place to warn against smoking in recreational areas
Truro Daily News - June 8, 2012

TRURO - Users of Colchester County walking trails and playground facilities can expect to do so smoke free. Earlier this year the municipality approved a...

Alberta set to launch $10-billion lawsuit against big tobacco
Edmonton Journal - May 31, 2012

“This lawsuit is not about banning cigarettes or punishing smokers, it is about ... the creation of a tobacco licensing system and extra support for people who wish ...

No smoke city still needs ashtrays
CKNW News Talk 980 - May 25, 2012

And when the Province banned smoking in public places, and the City banned it at beaches and parks, Carr says public ashtrays were not added to the areas ...

Health authority wants tougher regulations against smoking and ... - May 25, 2012

... underground if Vancouver Island municipalities ban water pipes, people. ... the pipes are growing in popularity as people try to circumvent smoking bans, ...

Butt ban to extend to police property
Ottawa Sun - May 24, 2012

City council passed bylaws for more smoke-free spaces in late March. The smoke-free regulations, which took effect last month, include municipal properties and ...

Deal with smoking before it becomes a nuisance
Victoria Times Colonist - May 23, 2012

Dear Condo Smarts: Is a non-smoking bylaw in a strata corporation enforceable? Our strata corporation is a 24-unit apartment building in Nanaimo. We have a ...

Some still not warming to new anti-smoking bylaw - May 20, 2012

Smokers have had almost two months to get used to new rules that ban them from smoking on patios and city property such as parks and beaches. But some ...

Butt out at Vancouver parks and beaches
News1130 - May 19, 2012

The Vancouver smoking ban is now in entering its second summer, while it's the first summer for the Metro Vancouver ban, which includes 22 regional parks. …

Leave a few spots where smokers can puff away
Nanaimo Daily News - May 19, 2012

He also calls for a ban on the sale of hookah pipes. What are the scientific studies that form the basis of this call for draconian bans and restrictions? Any student ...

VIHA takes aim at Nanaimo smokers
Victoria Times Colonist - May 19, 2012

Nanaimo rolled out its new smoking ban in October, prohibiting people from ... banning smoking at outdoor patios and transit stops and preventing the sale and ... which aren't banned but can be "just as or more dangerous than cigarettes." ...

Township restricts smoking at rec areas
Standard Freeholder - May 17, 2012

SOUTH DUNDAS ­ The municipality is clearing the air at its outdoor recreational grounds. South Dundas council accepted a draft tobacco free policy...

A smoke-free Kimberley?
Kimberley Daily Bulletin - May 16, 2012

Kimberley City Council is about to embark on a public consultation process that could result in a bylaw banning smoking outdoors in some public places. …

Joint Agency Working Group launch Illegal Tobacco campaign
Net Newsledger - May 16, 2012

THUNDER BAY – The issue of illegal contraband tobacco is viewed as a problem in our community. Local enforcement agencies are teaming up to address it. This week, the Joint Agency Working Group launched their Illegal Tobacco campaign to coincide with Police Week, May 14-18. The goal is to educate the public about what illegal tobacco is, and the risks of purchasing it. … Young people who remain smoke-free throughout their youth tend to remain smoke-free as adults, which is why protecting youth from accessing tobacco, illegal ...

Should the town ban smoking in outdoor public areas?
Innisfil Scope - May 16, 2012

It's why the Cookstown resident wants the town to ban smoking in all outdoor ... including Barrie, Essa Township and Huntsville, currently have outdoor bans in ...

Pair handed $8K after rights denied by smoking neighbours - May 14, 2012

A couple who say they became sick and anxious because neighbours were smoking on their balconies have been awarded more than $8,000, despite presenting only "marginal" medical evidence to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. …An endocrinologist's report on the specific dangers of secondhand smoke for ... They made their first complaint about their neighbours' smoking a few months ...

Hay River grocery store tobacco-free
Northern News Services (subscription) - May 14, 2012

As of May 1, Hay River's Super A grocery store is no longer selling tobacco products.
Store co-owner Tracy Rewega-Hill and manager Steve Anderson began discussing the change six months ago, and recently decided to take action. …

No more butts at the beach
The Province - May 11, 2012

From Boundary Bay to the clothing-optional Wreck Beach, the bylaw bans smoking in metro's 22 regional parks, with a $75 fine for those smoking out-side a ...

Town considering outdoor smoking ban
Innisfil Scope - May 10, 2012

By Chris Simon It's why the Cookstown resident wants the town to ban smoking in all outdoor public places. So she's written a letter to council

Council passes tough anti-smoking bylaw
Orangeville Citizen - May 10, 2012

Despite concerns it will be extremely difficult to enforce, Orangeville Council has passed one of the most stringent anti-smoking bylaws in the province. Effective June 1, no one will legally smoke in any lane, municipal building, parking lot, ... which bans smoking within nine metres of a public facility.

Balancing smoking bans
Cape Breton Post - May 10, 2012

Components of that strategy included help for those with nicotine addictions, higher tobacco taxes, a ban on advertising tobacco products at the point of ...

Municipalities should provide smoke-free outdoor spaces, says reader
The Lacombe Globe - May 10, 2012

The main objective of the new Edmonton bylaw is to promote healthy smoke-free behaviour to children and adolescents and to help youth remain tobacco-free ...

Legislation would prohibit sale of tobacco products in pharmacies (blog) - May 5, 2012

The province is continuing efforts to reduce the use of tobacco in Manitoba by ... the sale of tobacco products in Manitoba pharmacies,” said Ronald Guse, ...

Tenants fume over invasive second-hand smoke
Vancouver Sun - May 6, 2012

Borutski had requested a suite in a non-smoking building or section of a building ... they'll swear on a stack of Bibles they're non-smokers ... and once ...

Norfolk County has no plans to follow Hamilton's new smoking ban ...
CD98.9 - May 5, 2012

By chris mcmillan · May 5, 2012 · 6 Comments The City of Hamilton is putting a ban on smoking at all parks and recreation areas starting on May 31st. …

Charity cigar dinners banned
Windsor Star - May 5, 2012

Hundreds of these events are happening all over the world but not in Ontario because cigar lounge owners and or tobacconist cannot allow smoking in their ...

I've invited smokers to my party but I'm allergic. Should I light candles to absorb the odour?
Globe and Mail (ca) - May 5, 2012

I’m hosting a party for a group of volunteers I’m involved with. Two are smokers and their clothing reeks of smoke. I’m allergic and I’m worried they’ll be puffing on the deck. Should I light every candle I own to absorb the odour?

New provincial restrictions on buying cigarettes
Brandon Sun - May 2, 2012

The NDP tabled a bill in the legislature Tuesday that would prohibit tobacco sales in stores that contain pharmacies, including drugstores and large retail ...

Pharmacies cut off from tobacco sales
Winnipeg Sun - May 1, 2012

Pharmacies and other health-care facilities are being told to butt out of tobacco sales. Legislation introduced Tuesday would ban those places, ...

Province introduces legislation to ban sale of tobacco in pharmacies - May 1, 2012

The proposed legislation would ban tobacco sales in pharmacies and health-care ... stores for their cigarettes," said Mike Watts from Brothers Pharmacy.

No more smokes in Manitoba pharmacies, vending machines
Winnipeg Free Press - May 1, 2012

WINNIPEG - Manitoba smokers may soon have fewer places to buy cigarettes. ... tabled a bill that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products in pharmacies, …

Going smoke-free
Barry's Bay This Week - May 1, 2012

“St. Francis Memorial Hospital would like to take a proactive approach by recognizing that by going smoke-free we help support the health and wellness of ...

City council to ask province to standardize smoking ban - May 1, 2012

By Michele Young Kamloops City council is sending a message to the province that it wants stepped-up, consistent regulations concerning smoking bans in all ...

Hamilton sets up more smoke-free zones
CHCH News - May 1, 2012

You may be able to breathe a bit easier in Hamilton thanks to a new by-law that will make parks and recreation areas smoke free at the end of next month. …

Health unit cracks down on smoking in cabs
Haliburton County Echo - April 24, 2012

These complaints come on the heels of three charges of smoking in taxis in Northumberland County made under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which came into ...

Orangeville's smoking ban expected to start June 1: Butting out on town-owned properties
Orangeville Banner - April 24, 2012

As Orangeville council heard on Monday night (April 23), sidewalks are just one loophole in the town's proposed smoking ban scheduled to come into effect ...

Man behind smoking ban to retire
London Free Press - April 24, 2012

By KELLY PEDRO, The London Free Press Graham Pollett, who introduced strict smoking bylaws and the DineSafe program to London, is retiring. …

Smoking ban in Peterborough public parks begins May 1
Kawartha Media Group - April 23, 2012

No smoking sign. Beginning May 1, smoking will be banned in all City of ... Peterborough began banning smoking from various public spaces in 2010, ...

Canadian Prof. Honored for Work on Tobacco Control
INDIA-WEST , 2012-04-23

University of Toronto Medicine Prof. Prabhat Jha was honored March 21 with the 2012 Luther L. Terry award for Outstanding Research Contribution from the American Cancer Society for his globally influential work on tobacco control. …

Smoke-free apartment will be first for Kitchener
MetroNews Canada - April 23, 2012

Drewlo Holdings is building Kitchener's first non-smoking rental ... Drewlo built southern Ontario's first non-smoking apartment building in London. …

Kamloops city councillor calls for province ban on smoking in ...
CFJC TV Kamloops - Apr 22, 2012

At this Tuesdays Kamloops City Council Meeting councillors will be asked to support a motion calling on the province to ban smoking in numerous public public places ...

Health groups condemn cuts to anti-smoking program in federal budget
Global Winnipeg - April 17, 2012

OTTAWA - National health groups are condemning the Harper government and Health Minister Leonna Aglukkaq for cuts to a federal non-smoking program. Melodie Tilson, from the Non-Smokers Rights Association, says the cuts give ... Tilson is one of several public health experts and non-smoking advocates who ...

Candy is not dandy when it comes to tobacco products
Sault This Week - April 17, 2012

The Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division applaud the introduction of legislation to eliminate the sale of flavoured tobacco products. … The Private Members' Bill, introduced today by Nickel Belt MPP France Gélinas, will strengthen existing regulations in the Smoke-Free Ontario Act that will ...

Town of Georgina passes bylaw to force smokers to butt out on ...
Toronto Star - April 17, 2012

The bylaw adds to an existing smoking ban enacted last year that forbids lighting ... it one of the most comprehensive outdoor smoking bans in the province. …

An anti-smoking bylaw for thee but maybe not for me
Ottawa Citizen (blog) - April 16, 2012

... Pine View Golf Course will decide in May whether to buy into the city's expansion of the anti-smoking bylaw to, in this case, ban smoking on the links.

Outdoor smoking risk to others - April 12, 2012

Re: Critics cloud Georgina's outdoor smoke ban, March 29. ... conducted by Statistics Canada has demonstrated that when smoking bans have been implemented, ...

Stampede urged to go smoke free
660 News - April 12, 2012

An anti-smoking group is encouraging the Calgary Stampede to force people to stomp-out their cigarettes throughout the park. Smoking is already banned at ...

Chatsworth Smoking Ban Dependent on 'Honour System'
The Epoch Times - April 12, 2012

By Julie Valdrez The council of Chatsworth Township has supported a motion to restrict smoking in most public areas, but the mayor says the town will rely ...

No Smoking at Library Branches
580 CFRA Radio – April 12, 2012

It would ban smoking outside all library branches. Ottawa Public Health will cover the cost of installing signage on library property. …

Annual Report Card on Cancer in Canada™ Calls for Greater ...
Canada NewsWire (press release) - April 11, 2012

Earlier screening mammography for women in their 40s would save hundreds of lives, as would banning smoking in multiunit housing.

Kenora hospital hopes to snuff out smoking on property - April 11, 2012

He noted that at some point in the future, the hospital will ban smoking ... the Health Sciences Centre has a property-wide smoking ban, but patients and ...

Law will ban smoking in cars with kids
The Lacombe Globe (Canada) - April 11, 2012

Smoking in vehicles with children will soon be illegal in Alberta as the Liberal party bill was passed in the legislature March 19.

Tobacco executive admits involvement in destruction of research documents
Globe and Mail - April 2, 2012

A Montreal lawyer who was a top executive for Imperial Tobacco Ltd. in the 1980s and 90s has admitted in a major Canadian tobacco trial that he helped destroy dozens of company research documents, some of which dated back decades and spelled out health risks associated with smoking. …

Smoking Bylaw Goes Too Far: Bells Corners BIA
580 CFRA Radio - April 2, 2012

Alex Lewis of the Bells Corners BIA says one local restaurant recently spent $40000 to transform its patio into separate smoking and non-smoking sections. …

Kids merit first-class protection from second-hand smoke
Calgary Herald - April 1, 2012

Smoke-free outdoor spaces are, therefore, an important component of positive ... Smoke-free environments have been proven to help people achieve their goal ...

An imperfect anti-smoking bylaw
EMC Ottawa South - March 29, 2012

The public-health aspirations of the city's expanded non-smoking bylaw are laudable, particularly for bar staffers who are subjected to secondhand smoke ...

More details needed for proposed smoking bylaw
EMC Smiths Falls - March 29, 2012

Elected officials struggled with striking the right balance between smokers and non-smokers when it comes to public parks. Coun. Chris Cummings asked to see ...

Butting out
Orléans Star - March 29, 2012

Next Monday, April 2, marks the official beginning of the City of Ottawa's expanded smoke-free regulations that will prohibit smoking on all municipal ...

Ottawa's patios, parks go smoke free April 2
EMC Kanata - March 29, 2012

Other municipalities have done "bits and pieces" of what Ottawa's expanded smoke-free bylaw covers, said the city's chief medical officer of health Dr. Isra ...

U of A smokers could face new restrictions
MetroNews Canada - March 29, 2012

NAIT has been a completely smoke-free campus since 2009, while Grant MacEwan University implemented designated areas in 2006. It remains to be seen whether ...

Critics cloud Georgina's outdoor smoke ban - March 29, 2012

Georgina's sweeping outdoor smoking ban did not pass as expected Monday and has critics charging it is intrusive, butts out freedom of choice and is an ...

Rural Roundup -- March 28, 2012
Brandon Sun - March 28, 2012

Effective April 1, the Parkland's health provider will implement a smoke-free grounds policy, including parking lots and vehicles on the premises. …

Dakota Tipi hosts health and wellness fair
Portage Daily Graphic - March 28, 2012

Residents of Dakota Tipi First Nation got a chance to learn more about their health and see some inspiring works of art at the same time during the 7th annual Health & Wellness Winter Fair held at the Dakota Tipi Gaming Centre, Wednesday. …

Car smoke ban bill passes
Edmonton Journal - March 20, 2012

In a rare moment of partisan agreement prior to the provincial election, Alberta MLAs have approved an opposition bill that will make it illegal to smoke in vehicles when children are present. …

Alberta to ban smoking in cars carrying children
Edmonton Journal - March 20, 2012

... time to simultaneously bring in a variety of other tobacco-reduction measures. ... products that appeal to minors, and a crackdown on sales to minors. …

City Prepares for Smoking Ban Changes
580 CFRA Radio - March 20, 2012

Ottawa's expanded smoke free regulations will ban smoking on all bar and restaurant patios, and prohibit smoking on all municipal properties, ...

Expanded smoke-free regulations will clear the air starting April 2
Ottawa Start (press release) - March 19, 2012

With the City of Ottawa's expanded smoke-free regulations coming into effect on April 2, the City is working to ensure residents, businesses and other ...

City doesn't need playground smoking ban
Edmonton Journal - March 16, 2012

Re: "Diotte lone holdout against playground smoking ban," The Journal, March 15. It is hard enough to swallow a pro-posed 5.4-per-cent property tax hike, ...

Straw vote
Edmonton Journal - March 16, 2012

What do you think about the coming playground smoking ban? -31%: Long overdue. -15%: Sounds hard to enforce. - 28%: Seems like common sense; ...

Big Tobacco fed 'climate of doubt,' lawyer argues
Montreal Gazette - March 16, 2012

When Alcan Aluminum Ltd. became one of the first companies to institute a workplace ban on smoking in 1980, Imperial Tobacco launched a campaign to convince ...

NS town's attempt to ban smoking on its Main Street fails - March 15, 2012

ANTIGONISH, NS ­ Town council in Antigonish, NS, has defeated a proposed bylaw that would have prohibited smoking on the community's Main Street.

Non-smoking public housing makes its way to Barrie
The Barrie Advance - March 15, 2012

With the majority of people now non-smokers or former smokers, ... It chose the seniors complex at 33 Brooks St. its first non-smoking building, ...

Councillor delays changes to non-smoking bylaw - March 14, 2012

A ten metre non-smoking buffer zone will be put in place to make sure smokers aren't close to where its expected kids will be. "It's every councillors right ...

Lynn seeks smoking ban in outdoor spaces for Bruce County
The Post - Ontario - March 15, 2012

"Tobacco-free outdoor spaces are an important part of this strategy," she told the ... A 2009 survey in Grey-Bruce indicates residents support tobaccofree ...

Sudbury hospital still not totally smoke-free - March 15, 2012

Hospitals in northern Ontario have all moved to make sites smoke-free. But the hospital in Sudbury is still working toward completely banning smoking from ...

Diotte lone holdout against playground smoking ban
Edmonton Journal - March 15, 2012

A smoking ban at Edmonton play-grounds and sports fields was delayed three weeks Wednesday after Coun. Kerry Diotte used a technical procedure to block ...

Outdoor smoking bans could be headed to GTA in city-owned areas
680 News - March 8, 2012

Enjoying a smoke may be coming to an end. Georgina, Ottawa and Hamilton are leading the way, pushing smoking bans to the great outdoors. And the same ban ...

Public education focus for proposed butt ban
MetroNews Canada - March 6, 2012

The new rules are amendments to Edmonton's public places bylaw, adding playgrounds, spray parks, skate parks and more to non-smoking list. The fine. …

Playground smoke ban closer
Edmonton Journal - March 6, 2012

A proposed ban on smoking near playgrounds and sports fields passed another ... If smoking near children's outdoor spaces is banned, the city would also ...

Hamilton no-smoking zones under fire
Hamilton Spectator - March 6, 2012

Smoking Ban Smoking near a war memorial would contravene the city's bylaw if ... Councillors still support a looming smoking ban in city parks and outdoor ...

I just want to breathe
Orangeville Banner - Mar 5, 2012

Thank you to all those non-smokers out there. Because of your choice, you have proven you not only care about your own life, but you care about the lives of ...

Council to be asked to extend smoking ban
The Kingston Whig-Standard - Mar 4, 2012

Parks, playgrounds, beaches beaches and stadiums would become banned smoking areas under the new guidelines, as well as the area within nine metres of the ...

Proposed bylaw could ban smoking around Edmonton's outdoor ...
Global Edmonton - Mar 3, 2012

EDMONTON - The City is considering a new bylaw that would ban smoking within 10 meters of any outdoor playground, skating rink, sports field or spray park.

Ottawa city council passes expanded smoke-free bylaw
EMC West Carleton - March 1, 2012

City council voted 22-2 to expand the smoke-free bylaw to include municipal properties, such as parks and beaches, and all bar and restaurant patios on ...

Public health board wants to expand smoking ban to outdoor public ...
EMC Kingston - March 1, 2012

"Smoke free bylaws set a community standard and support the process of changing social norms around tobacco use affecting children by protecting children ...

Tobacco-free carnival planned Saturday at ski hill
The North Bay Nugget - March 1, 2012

The health unit promotes tobacco-free sport and recreation because it protects children from second-hand smoke, reduces litter and allows everyone to enjoy ...

Pharmacies should not sell tobacco products
Saanich News - March 1, 2012

And the sale of tobacco in pharmacies is contrary to the health professional role pharmacists play in society. British Columbia is in the small minority of ...

Smoking ban called 'discrimination'
Brockville Recorder and Times - February 23, 2012

By STEVE PETTIBONE THE RECORDER AND TIMES SMITHS FALLS -- Some residents who turned up to Wednesday night's Smoke-Free Communities public meeting in Smiths ...

Web Poll
EMC Stittsville/Richmond – February 23, 2012

Should the city move to ban smoking on restaurant and bar patios? A) Yes. Smoking is a hazard to public health and the city would be right to take action. ...

City Council Approves Expanded Smoking Ban
580 CFRA Radio - February 22, 2012

City Councilors voted to expand smoke-free regulations, which are part of a long-term strategy designed to protect children and non-smokers from second-hand ...

Concord council approves public smoking ban
'Courtesy warnings' to begin April 2; full enforcement starts July 2
Ottawa (Ont) Citizen (ca), 2012-02-22
Neco Cockburn, The Ottawa Citizen

Smokers will have fewer places to puff in Ottawa after council gave approval Wednesday to a ban at several outdoor spaces. ...

Where to draw the line on public smoking?
Brockville Recorder and Times - February 21, 2012

The controversial Smoke-Free Communities public meeting starts at 7 pm tomorrow at the Memorial Centre Community Hall, to gain community input for a ...

Smoking banned at some outdoor areas
Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin - February 21, 2012

... McCarroll, St. Vincent and Beautiful Joe Parks are all listed as smoke-free facilities under a new policy council approved in committee Monday.

Smoking ban comes to light
Winnipeg Free Press - Feb 18, 2012

Last year, city council approved an outdoor smoking bylaw that bans tobacco smoking on the grounds of schools and playgrounds, outside the entrances to ...

NOTL supports smoke-free public spaces - Feb 18, 2012

Town council is all for smoke-free outdoor public spaces, like parks and ... in order for the ban to be effective it would have to be a regional initiative.

NCC likely to follow city on smoking ban
Ottawa Citizen - Feb 18, 2012

Should the NCC go ahead with a ban similar to what city officials have proposed, smoking might be prohibited on commission pathways and parklands, ...

No more smoking on hospital grounds
HQ Yellowknife - February 17, 2012

"We now know the harmful effects of smoking, causing cancer and many other ... which banned smoking a long time ago, although that wasn't always the case. ...

Meaford Hoping to Clear the Smoke From Public Outdoor Areas
The Meaford Independent - February 17, 2012

And while Director of Community Services, Catherine Purcell, concedes that the municipality lacks the resources to enforce an all-out ban on smoking at its ...

Smoking ban set for Orangeville's town property
Orangeville Citizen - February 16, 2012

By DAN PELTON Staff Reporter Smoking will be prohibited on all townowned property, following a vote by Orangeville Town Council at its public meeting Monday ...

Smoking banned at some outdoor areas
Owen Sound Sun Times - February 16, 2012

... McCarroll, St. Vincent and Beautiful Joe Parks are all listed as smoke-free facilities under a new policy council approved in committee Monday.

City moves to ban smoking at patios, beaches, parks
EMC Ottawa South - February 16, 2012

The popularity of voluntary smoke-free signs in parks is growing, and the proposed bylaw expansion reflects that public desire for more smoke-free spaces, ...

NCC watching city's plan to ban outdoor smoking
Ottawa Citizen - February 16, 2012

Smoking at vendor stalls at city markets would be banned under a proposed ... on Wednesday as their own proposed new smoking ban cleared another hurdle.

City could be out of luck on herbal hookah ban
MetroNews Canada - February 15, 2012

City councillors told staff Wednesday to look into how to ban the smoking of water pipes ­ better known as shisha or hookah pipes ­ on city land.

Smoking In Vehicle Issue Resurfaces
102.1 CJCY-FM - February 15, 2012

Alberta Liberal Leader Raj Sherman has introduced a private members bill that would make it an offense to smoke in a vehicle with an underage person.

Local bar owners butt heads over butting out
MetroNews Canada - February 15, 2012

A proposal to ban smoking on bar and restaurant patios is proving controversial ­ not just among smoking and non-smoking patrons but also among bar owners ...

Cote-St-Luc bans smoking in public parks - February 14, 2012

MONTREAL ­ Cote-St-Luc city council voted unanimously to ban smoking in and ... Smoking will also be banned during special events like Canada Day fireworks.

Orangeville butts out ... smoking ban placed on town properties
Orangeville Banner - February 14, 2012

After banning smoking within nine metres from entrances to all municipal facilities in late ... the public may be in favour of a full-fledged smoking ban.

Smoking ban could hit city parks, not patios
London Community News - February 14, 2012

By Sean Meyer/London Community News London councillors are prepared to recommend changes to the city's policy regarding smoking in public spaces, ...

Smoking ban inches ahead
MetroNews Canada - February 13, 2012

... to have administrators report back on banning smoking at sports fields, ... when smoking was banned in workplaces ­ out of an expanded smoking ban.

Ban set to hit city parks
London Free Press - February 14, 2012

Its call for a ban at all bar and restaurant patios drew a quick rebuke, with Coun. ... "If you prohibit smoking in outdoor bars and patios .

Côte-St-Luc to introduce anti-smoking bylaws – February 13, 2012

The city of Côte-St-Luc is poised to introduce one of the toughest anti-smoking bylaws in Quebec. The new law would see smoking banned within 20 metres of ...

Smoking ban may hit bar patios
London Free Press - February 13, 2012

Smokers could face new restrictions in London. (DEREK RUTTAN, The London Free Press) A proposed new smoking ban that would snuff out cigarettes on ...

Ottawa to release new 'smoke free' recommendations - January 30, 2012

The Ottawa Board of Health is releasing its recommendations for new "smoke-free" public places across the city. The recommendations will likely make it more ...

New smoking ban proposals to be unveiled Monday afternoon
Ottawa Citizen - January 30, 2012

During the review, health officials were to hold consultations with residents, businesses and other interested parties about smoke-free areas such as public ...

Smoking bylaw should have full patio ban - Jan 30, 2012

The city's arms-length agency wants public beaches, parks, outdoor patios and terraces and any other municipal properties to be smoke-free. ...

Smoking ban may hurt Pride attendance: officials
MetroNews Canada - Jan 29, 2012

20 Organizers of this year's Capital Pride festival are worried a proposed ban on smoking outdoors on city property could crimp attendance at the annual ...

Smoking banned in Metro Vancouver parks - January 6, 2012

The Metro Vancouver board passed the ban in September. The City of Vancouver banned smoking in all it's parks in 2010. BC already has laws in place banning ...

Council approves outdoor smoking bylaw
EMC Perth - December 15, 2011

Smoking inside public buildings in Ontario was banned in 2005, but the Smoke Free Ontario Act did not prohibit smoking directly outside buildings, ...

80% of People Living in Apartments, Condos and Co-ops Want to Live Smoke Free
PR Newswire (press release) - December 8, 2011

TORONTO, Dec. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ - An overwhelming majority of Ontarians living in apartments, condos and co-ops want to live in smoke-free buildings, but supply is lagging far behind this growing demand. According to Smoke-Free Housing Ontario, this market inequity is putting the health of millions of Ontarians at risk. ...

Many county parks to go smoke-free
Windsor Star - December 5, 2011

Smoking would be banned from parks, playgrounds and at outdoor recreation venues. But no town seems to be considering an outright ban on smoking on outdoor ...

Store owners plan to fight 'smoke shops'
Winnipeg Free Press - December 5, 2011

The First Nations tobacco sellers are challenging the province's tobacco licensing authority. Nearly 80 per cent of the cost of cigarettes is from taxes. ...

Grimes smokes out vapour lounges
Toronto (Ont) Sun (ca), 2011-12-02
Don Peat ,City Hall Bureau Chief

Toronto council voted to freeze the licensing of any new vapour lounges this week. ...

Officials trying to ban cultural experience, hookah lounge owner says
CANOE Columnists, 2011-12-02

TORONTO - The lights are dimmed as slow Middle-Eastern beats play over the speakers. ...

Falls OKs smoking outside convention centre
Decision contravenes ban at all city facilities
Welland (ON) Tribune (ca), 2011-11-30

Niagara Falls city council has agreed to allow for three smoking areas outside the Scotiabank Convention Centre. ...

Ban on smoking in rural parks to be considered in New Year - Philip Round - November 8, 2011

Staff advised directors that current regional district policies banned smoking inside and in the immediate surroundings of CVRD buildings as well as in its ...

Support for smokers
Ottawa Citizen - November 3, 2011

The CMAJ study, in fact, suggested that the zeal to outlaw smoking has gone too far when it comes to policies banning smoking on hospital property. ...

New health concerns over smoking - Sharon Kirkey - November 3, 2011

Both sites had a policy banning smoking inside all buildings, entrances and all ... Some hospitals in the US have gone so far as to ban "third-hand smoke. ...

City will force smokers to butt out in parks - November 3, 2011

City council members have adopted a smoking ban bylaw that expands the number of ... to see how the public felt about banning smoking in parks and beaches. ...

Butt out: smoking banned in some areas of Winnipeg's biggest park
Winnipeg Free Press - November 2, 2011

He says the new policy is similar to the City of Winnipeg's ban on smoking at outdoor athletic fields. Smoking is still allowed in the park's general green ...

Our View: Police do well to seek compliance first
Chippewa Herald - November 2, 2011

Motorists are learning that violating parking ordinances does not pay ­ in ... some did during debate on a proposed city smoking ordinance ­ that the police ...

Should Ottawa's public smoking bylaw be expanded?
Open File (blog) - Trevor Pritchard - November 3, 2011

Here's the current city bylaw and the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. And here's a link to OPH's survey. Some of the public spaces they're asking people to consider ...

Public consultations being held on smoke-free outdoor spaces
Petrolia Topic - November 3, 2011

… 2, directed CHSD staff to hold the consultations to educate residents, gather information and measure public support (and opposition) for smoke-free outdoor ...

Smoking bans at some hospitals failing: study
Edmonton (Alberta) Journal (ca), 2011-11-01
Sharon Kirkey, Postmedia News

New Canadian research has found that not only are patients and staff ignoring hospital smoke-free bans, but the policies are also creating unintended safety issues for patients. ...

Smoking bans backfiring at some hospitals: study
Montreal Gazette - Sharon Kirkey - November 1, 2011

Both sites had a policy banning smoking inside all buildings, entrances and all ... Some hospitals in the US have gone so far as to ban "third-hand smoke. ...

Should hospitals do more to accommodate patients who smoke? – October 31, 2011

By Community Team A hospital patient in a wheelchair reported being unable to see a no smoking sign that was up at eye level. (CBC)Smoking bans on hospital ...

Council snuffs request for countywide smoking ban
Haliburton County Echo - Chad Ingram - November 1, 2011

County councillors shot down a suggestion from Haliburton Highlands Health Services that they impose a smoking ban on all county-owned ...

Residents are asked for feedback
Orléans Star - Benjamin Vachet - October 27, 2011

Ottawa Public Health invites the public to suggest ways on how to strengthen a smoke-free Ottawa. Ottawa Public Health (OPH) will conduct ...

Council considers adding further restrictions to smoking in public
EMC Smiths Falls - Stacey Roy - October 27, 2011

It is Smoke Free Smiths Falls. Councillor Pankow pointed to many ... When the Smoke Free Ontario Act was first introduced many restaurants and bars were ...

Town looks at widening smoking ban - October 26, 2011

Last spring the town banned smoking within nine metres (30 feet) of municipally ... The health unit also recommends banning smoking within nine metres of ...

Council snuffs idea of countywide smoking ban
Minden Times - Chad Ingram - October 26, 2011

County councillors shot down a suggestion from Haliburton Highlands Health Services that they impose a smoking ban on all county-owned ...

Should the City Expand the Smoke Free By-law?
580 CFRA Radio - Josh Pringle - October 24, 2011

An Ipsos Reid Survey in August found support for the City to ban smoking on playgrounds and in parks, on patios and at beaches. The first public meeting is ...

MORDEN: POINT OF VIEW: Dwindling number of places where smokers can light up
Sarnia (Ont) Observer (ca), 2011-10-22
Paul Morden

Where's a smoker to find some peace these days? ...

UW student presses for ban on smoking at bus stops
Kitchener-Waterloo (ONT) Record (ca), 2011-10-22
Frances Barrick, Record staff

WATERLOO REGION -- A complaint from a University of Waterloo student about second-hand smoke seeping into buses has Grand River Transit implementing new smoking rules. ...

City of Fredericton exploring options for smoking policy
Officials want to restrict smoking in public places * Examining how other Canadian jurisdictions have handled the issue, 2011-10-22

A report on a smoke-free places policy for the City of Fredericton will be coming forward before the end of the year, says city community services director Wayne Tallon. ...

Group wants butts banned on Confederation Hill
St. John's (Nfl) Telegram (ca), 2011-10-22
Steve Bartlett The Telegram

The only smoke around Confederation Building would be generated by heated debate, not cigarettes, if an advocacy group has its way. ...

No action on smoking ban plan
Owen Sound Sun Times - Don Crosby - October 14, 2011

A proposal to extend a smoking ban to many outdoor public spaces went nowhere at Bruce County council Thursday. ...

County may ban smoking in all public places
The Barrie Advance - October 12, 2011

Grey County is considering implementing a bylaw that would ban smoking in all public places including parks, playgrounds, outdoor sports facilities, ...

Council eyes smoking ban near play areas
Edmonton Journal - Gordon Kent - September 20, 2011

City council will consider next week banning smoking around playgrounds, sports fields, rinks and other ...

Too far on tobacco
Edmonton Journal - September 20, 2011

It was surely one of the factors driving widespread bans on smoking in indoor places like restaurants. The laws and bylaws that have shunted smokers ...

Councillor eyes hidden costs of bigger smoking bylaw - Scott Johnston - September 20, 2011

The administration insists that if a bylaw comes in to ban smoking near playgrounds and anywhere else children might be, it won't cost any more money. ...

Board of Health Won't Rush Smoking Ban
580 CFRA Radio - Josh Pringle - Stephanie Kinsella - September 20, 2011

Ottawa's Board of Health is in no rush to ban smoking at Ottawa's beaches and parks. City Council has directed the board to explore tougher smoking bylaws ...

Butt out around children, says city committee
Edmonton Sun - Jasmine Franklin - September 19, 2011

A potential ban on smoking in public areas frequented by children has reached ... Should council vote to pass the amendment, smoking would be banned at all ...

Edmonton residents support smoking ban for areas frequented by children
Edmonton Journal - Ryan Cormier - September 16, 2011

Roughly 80 per cent of those surveyed said smoking should be banned at places that cater to children, such as playgrounds and spray parks. ...

City seeks input on smoking ban
MetroNews Canada - September 14, 2011

The Board of Health will consult with smokers, non-smokers, medical professionals, bar owners and anyone else with an opinion on the proposed outdoor ...

Smoke fading from clear future
Chilliwack Times - Bob Groeneveld - September 15, 2011

Langley City Councillor and Metro Vancouver Parks chair Gayle Martin has voted against banning cigarette smoking from portions of regional parks. ...

Health officials set to explore smoking ban
Ottawa Citizen - Neco Cockburn - September 15, 2011

Public health officials are prepared to review and report on a potential smoking ban at public beaches ...

Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey (CTUMS) 2010
Health Canada, 2011-09-07

During the past 12 years 1999-2010, CTUMS has reported a decline in the overall current smoking rate among Canadians aged 15 years and older from 25% in 1999 to 17% in 2010. The population aged 15 years and older increased by about 3.8 million Canadians, the number of current smokers has decreased by 1.4 million, former smokers increased by 1.3 million and never smokers increased by 4.0 million. Overall, we saw the population increase by about 14% while ever smokers (current and former combined) did not change. ...

Smoking ban looms for Metro regional parks
BC Local News (ca), 2011-09-07
Jeff Nagel - BC Local News

A ban on smoking in regional parks except in designated areas will go to the Metro Vancouver board for a final vote later this month. ...

Wreck Beach supporters hot over proposed smoking ban
Vancouver (BC) Sun (ca), 2011-09-08
Kelly Sinoski, Vancouver Sun

Wreck Beach supporters warned Metro Vancouver Wednesday there would be a "total rebellion" if the Vancouver beach is included in a partial no-smoking ban on all parks in the regional district. ...

Canadians can't get complacent despite lower smoking rates, Canadian Cancer Society
Canadian Press, 2011-09-07
Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

Smokers now comprise less than a fifth of Canada's population as rates of tobacco consumption hit an all-time low last year, Statistics Canada said Wednesday. ...

Expanding smoke-free spaces
Ottawa Citizen - Dawn Cooper - August 22, 2011

Ottawa was a leader in the Smoke-Free Ontario campaign 10 years ago. Let's all get behind Councillor Blais, his colleagues and thousands of residents, ...

Limits on outdoor smoking draw approval
Ottawa Citizen - Matthew Pearson - August 15, 2011

Reaction to a city councillor's call to ban smoking from public beaches, parks and on outdoor patios ...

City eyes smoke-free policy
Health - Mayor doesn't want to go so far as to enact butt-out bylaw, 2011-08-13

Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside is open to having a discussion about a smoke-free areas policy similar to one created by the City of Dieppe, but Woodside doesn't favour laying down the heavy hand of the law by enacting a bylaw. ...

Surrey couple claims human rights violated by smoking neighbour
Vancouver (BC) Province, 2011-08-12
Alyssa Noel, The Province

A Surrey woman who says her neighbour’s cigarette smoke wafts into her condo and triggers her asthma has won the right to launch a human rights complaint. ...

Ottawa councillor wants to extend smoking ban - August 12, 2011

He said ten years ago New York officials came to Ottawa to learn about the city's smoking ban in restaurants and bars and now that city has taken the next ...

Dieppe adopts smoke-free policy
Times and Transcript - Jordan Parker - August 9, 2011

The "Smoke-Free Areas" policy features non-smoking areas outside City of Dieppe municipal facilities, including washrooms, trails, parks, playgrounds and ...

A legal history of smoking in Canada - July 29, 2011

Neil Collishaw, from the for Physicians for a Smoke Free Canada, holds up a pack of cigarettes that uses the brand silver instead of terms such as 'light or ...

Top court rules feds not liable in smoking lawsuits
CBC News (ca), 2011-07-29
Meagan Fitzpatrick, CBC News

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Friday that the federal government cannot be held liable for costs in lawsuits against tobacco companies. ...

Non-smokers can change strata bylaws
Montreal Gazette - Deb Abbey - July 28, 2011

They're a young couple who discovered that it's impossible to find a smoke-free condo in Vancouver--at any price. There simply aren't any for sale. ...

Fighting for smoke-free buildings
Montreal Gazette - Anne Sutherland - July 28, 2011

Increasingly, across North America, buildings are going smoke-free - not just in common areas as mandated by law, but in individual units, said François ...

Kelowna's Smoke Free Parks, Beaches
HQ Kelowna - Jennifer Faerber - July 27, 2011

By March signs had gone up in the parks to inform smokers that the smoke-free zone includes everything within park boundaries: parking lots, pathways, ...

Ontario Lung Association congratulates the Ministry of Health and ...
Canada NewsWire (press release) - July 27, 2011

TORONTO, July 27, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario Lung Association congratulates the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for taking a much-needed step forward to ...

New Support for Smokers a Step Forward in the Journey to a Smoke ...
Canada NewsWire (press release) - July 27, 2011

"We encourage smokers to partner with their healthcare provider on their difficult journey to becoming smoke free - we can and want to help you quit," ...

MUN smoking ban gets thumbs up from anti-tobacco group
The Telegram - July 26, 2011

The Newfoundland and Labrador Alliance for the Control of Tobacco (ACT) is applauding the smoking ban at Memorial University. The university announced Monday that smoking near doorways to any campus building won't be allowed as of Aug. 1. ...

Leduc smoking ban in effect July 2
Canadian Television (CTV), 2011-07-01

It's a first for a city in Alberta: soon drivers in Leduc won't be allowed to smoke in a car while children are inside. ...

Ontarians Support Smoke Free Act: Poll
580 CFRA Radio - Josh Pringle - June 30, 2011

The Ontario Government introduced the Smoke Free Ontario Act in 2006, which includes a ban on smoking in indoor public places. The survey finds 89 per cent of respondents say they would support banning smoking in areas where children are playing.

Metro may ban park smoking except in puffer zones
Surrey Leader - Boaz Joseph - June 29, 2011

Beaches governed by Metro Parks include Centennial Beach at Boundary Bay Regional Park, Wreck Beach in Vancouver and Sasamat Lake in Belcarra. Several cities across the region either partly or fully ban smoking in their municipal parks.

Council considers playground, parks smoking ban
Edmonton Journal - Gordon Kent - June 14, 2011

Edmonton edged closer to banning smoking in public playgrounds and parks Monday, despite concerns the move would be unnecessary interference in people's lives. The potential ban is aimed at keeping ...

Anti-smoking crusaders
The Barrie Advance - June 14, 2011

MIDLAND – Sue Plue, left, of Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care and the North Simcoe Tobacco Team, accepts an award as a tobacco-free champion from Midland Mayor Gord McKay on Monday. Plue's team was recognized by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health ...

Smokers, Canadian Cancer Society react to public smoking ban idea - June 13, 2011

Meanwhile, the Canadian Cancer Society is applauding the City's decision to look at banning smoking in public places. Sarah Hawkins with the Society says this kind of legislation can send a powerful message to kids. "Role modeling is incredibly ...

Lynn looks forward to a tobacco-free country
Owen Sound Sun Times - June 14, 2011

Replying to the May 30 editorial by Connie Woodcock, "Crazy laws make us blow smoke," I cherish a vision of our province and country being tobacco free. In my better world, 20% more of our citizens would be healthy and productive and able to achieve ...

Smoking at sports fields could prove costly
Winnipeg Sun - Paul Turenne - May 6, 2011

A draft copy of Winnipeg's new outdoor smoking ban bylaw will go before the city's protection and community services committee at its meeting next Tuesday. If the bylaw is approved by the committee, then Mayor Sam Katz's cabinet and full council later ...

City mulls getting tough on smoke shops
Metro Canada - Edmonton - heather mcintyre - May 6, 2011

Displays of smoking paraphernalia could fizzle out if the city implements controls on how the products are seen. Products could include bongs, hookah pipes, glass pipes or “any other thing that could be used for the consumption of tobacco,” said Ryan ...

Smoke-Free Bylaw Enforced at Sault Area Hospital
LOCAL2 Sault Ste. Marie - May 5, 2011

Sault Area Hospital (SAH) and Algoma Public Health (APH) officials are advising visitors to the hospital that enforcement action has begun in support of the amended City of SSM City Bylaw 2003-7 which makes the entire SAH property smoke-free. ...

N.S. targets tobacco
Province releases five-year anti-smoking strategy
Halifax (NS) Chronicle Herald (ca), 2011-04-28
DAVID JACKSON Provincial Reporter

Dinosaurs covered in ashtrays and a website targeting teenage smokers are the key components of Year 1 of a five-year provincial tobacco strategy released Wednesday. ...

Council considers no-smoking bylaw
Community Press - Megan Abraham - April 25, 2011

Tweed ­ Council here is looking at options to enforce a no-smoking policy on municipal playgrounds and playing fields. The idea arose from a recreation committee recommendation to ban smoking at baseball and soccer fields and the ...

Cafe smoke ban merits support
Times and Transcript - April 21, 2011

The principle is already enshrined in our laws via smoking bans in buildings, close to doorways and even in a vehicle if children are present. All the mayor's proposal will do is make the principle and policy, via the municipal bylaw, more consistently ...

Osoyoos Times - Karissa Gall - April 20, 2011

Zakall said that although “it does appear that a smoking ban would likely be favoured by a majority of Town residents and visitors and would warrant including this in the new Parks and Community Facilities Bylaw,” enforcement could be an issue, ...

Pressure mounts in Alberta for car smoking ban
660 News - Aaron Burnett - April 4, 2011

Newfoundland and Labrador has become the latest province to ban smoking in cars while kids are inside. Alberta and Quebec are now the only two provinces in the country without such a law. Health Minister Gene Zwozdesky tells The Calgary Herald he wants

Smoking issue on agenda
North Bay (Ont) Nugget (ca), 2011-04-03
PJ WILSON The Nugget

Caron Ranney just wants a safe place for patients, staff and visitors at the North Bay Regional Health Centre to be able to smoke. ...

Winnipeg expands proposed outdoor smoking ban to include health care facilities
Global Winnipeg - April 4, 2011

A city hall committee has agreed to expand a planned outdoor smoking ban to include the grounds of health care facilities in Winnipeg. Councillors on the Protection and Community Services Committee voted Monday morning to approve the proposed bylaw ...

WRHA wants city to ban smoking on the grounds of health care facilities
Winnipeg Free Press - April 4, 2011

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority has asked the city to ban smoking on the grounds of health care facilities. Medical officer of health Dr. Sande Harlos said WRHA has a policy that prohibits smoking on hospital grounds, but a city bylaw would ...

Canada Views - March 31, 2011

The ban on tobacco sales in pharmacies is one of the provisions of The Tobacco Control Act, 2010. Other provisions included in this legislation ban smoking in vehicles with children under the age of 16, around doorways, windows, and air intakes of ...

Smoking in Cars to Be Banned When Kids Are Travelling Along
TopNews United States - Olivia Conroy - March 29, 2011

This amendment will surely help in smoke-free country, and will clean air for kids. The amendments is build on the acts of 2002 and 2005, which followed smoking bans in bars, on decks, bingo halls, in restaurants, and in many other public places. …

NL to ban smoking in cars with children - March 29, 2011

Health Minister Jerome Kennedy introduced amendments on Monday to the NL Smoke-free Environment Act. Most provinces have legislation banning smoking in vehicles carrying children. Besides Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, Alberta and the Northwest ...

Niagara Falls bans smoking at parks, city hall, facilities
St. Catharines Standard - March 1, 2011

Recreation and culture manger Kathy Moldenhauer recommended banning smoking at parks and from the entrance to city-owned facilities like libraries, the MacBain Centre and Gale Centre arena. People going into those buildings or people using parks ...

Surrey will soon ban smoking at bus stops, residents told
Vancouver Sun - February 24, 2011

SURREY - City hall is about to ban smoking at all Surrey bus stops after some Clayton residents complained about bus riders feeding their habit at a stop near their homes. The residents told city staff the cigarette smoke was drifting into their houses ...

Katz and Council ponder outdoor smoking ban
CJOB - February 24, 2011

City council is in the process of figuring out how wide-spread an outdoor smoking ban in Winnipeg might be. Private businesses and outdoor patios are also being considered. Katz says he hopes the province will step in and institute an outdoor ban ...

Smoking to get scarier with new warning labels
Cigarette packages to have bigger, more graphic images
Vancouver (BC) Sun (ca), 2011-02-19
Sarah Schmidt, Postmedia News

Health Canada released Friday a new set of bigger and more graphic health warnings for cigarette packages that will require tobacco companies to overhaul both the inside and outside of packs.

Twelve images to cover 75 per cent of the outside panel of cigarette packages were unveiled alongside eight health messages to appear on the inside in full colours.

"Canada is the only country in the world that actually takes over the inside of the package as well as the outside," Cynthia Callard, executive director of Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada, said Friday. "This is really innovative."

Tobacco companies will also have to include four toxic emission messages for the side panel, along with the tollfree number of a national quit smoking line. ...

Canadian Campus Smoking Policies: Investigating the Gap Between Intent and Outcome From a Student Perspective.
Baillie, L.; Callaghan, D.; Smith, M.L.
Journal of American College Health. 10.1080/07448481.2010.502204 [doi]. January 2011, 59(4): 260-265.

Province butts out on ban on outdoor puffing in city
Winnipeg Free Press - Jen Skerritt - February 18, 2011

Provincial officials have ended a burning political dispute, saying it's up to city councillors to decide whether Winnipeg will ban smoking in outdoor places.

Healthy Living Minister Jim Rondeau said Thursday he has told city officials the province does not plan to enact an outdoor smoking ban. Rondeau said he reiterated the province's stance to St. Vital Coun. Gord Steeves earlier this week -- three days before an executive policy committee voted to wait 30 days to hear back from the province on its position before they decide to pursue an outdoor ban.

Councillors expressed concern that they could spend a lot of time and money drafting an outdoor smoking bylaw, only to have the province follow suit with a Manitoba-wide ban -- similar to what happened when Winnipeg first banned smoking indoors in 2003 ...

Division snuffs out smokers' haven
High school shelter removed from site
Winnipeg (Manitoba) Free Press (ca), 2011-01-30

A smoking shelter built as part of a pilot program at a Manitoba high school has been removed following an investigation by the province's education minister. ...

MUSTARD: No ifs, ands or butts
Time to snuff out cancer sticks in public places
Winnipeg (Manitoba) Sun (ca), 2011-01-29

Regarding the Manitoba government's position on banning smoking at outdoor fields -- "leave the decision up to the municipalities/local jurisdiction." …

Steinbach smoking shelter taken down
Winnipeg (Manitoba) Free Press (ca), 2011-01-29

A smoking shelter built for students and staff at a Steinbach school has been dismantled, according to a statement from the Hanover School Division. ...

Smoking ban in city's court
Tobacco use at outdoor fields not up to province: minister
Winnipeg (Manitoba) Sun (ca), 2011-01-29

Banning smoking at outdoor athletic facilities in Winnipeg is in the hands of the city, says Manitoba's healthy living minister. ...

Rondeau refuses to target smoking bans
Municipalities must choose, minister says
Winnipeg (Manitoba) Free Press (ca), 2011-01-29
Larry Kusch

Jim Rondeau says the province has painted the broad brush strokes in the area of smoking regulation. ...

Steinbach school's smoking shelter causing controversy
Portage la Prairie (Man) Daily Graphic (ca), 2011-01-28
Ron Thomson

A high school in Steinbach has caused quite a stir after it decided to build a shelter for students and staff to smoke on campus. ...

Smoking bans: Let province rule on puffs at sports fields, city urged
Winnipeg Free Press - Bartley Kives - January 28, 2011

Mayor Sam Katz also called a smoking ban at athletic fields "extremely prudent," even if the city won't make the final decision. ...

Car smoking ban to protect kids: Liberal leader
Saint City News - January 28, 2011

The town council in Okotoks, 45 minutes outside Calgary, enacted a similar municipal bylaw in 2008, and the City of Leduc passed a bylaw banning smoking in ...

Canada needs heath-care strategy focused on prevention for reserves: Report
Montreal Gazette (ca), 2011-01-27
Linda Nguyen, Postmedia News

Canada needs to invest more money and develop a new national health-care strategy focused on prevention if it wants to win the fight against obesity, tobacco use and system inequities on aboriginal reserves, according to an annual report by Ontario's top doctor. ...

City backs off from banning smoking
Global Winnipeg - January 27, 2011

A city committee voted last year in favour of a smoking ban within 50 metres at all city owned soccer fields. But the idea went back to city officials to ...

City considers smoking ban in public parks
Hamilton (Ont) Spectator (ca), 2011-01-25
Teri Pecoskie

Smoking could soon be a thing of the past in Hamilton’s parks.

The board of health is holding a public meeting next month to discuss a proposed bylaw that would ban smoking in virtually all city parks and recreation areas including beaches, playgrounds, pools and playing fields.

"People don’t like walking through clouds of smoke, especially in places like parks and recreation centres, where they expect to go and get healthy,” said Dr. Chris Mackie, one of Hamilton’s associate medical officers of health. “It’s one of the most common complaints that I get." ...

ENGSTROM: Teaching a bad lesson
Smoke shelter debacle rewarded kids for bad behaviour, tacitly endorsed smoking
Winnipeg (Manitoba) Sun (ca), 2011-01-23

For all of you who worry about what lessons society is teaching our children, the recent events surrounding a smoking shelter in Steinbach should do little to calm your fears. ...

VANDERMEULEN: Steinbach School smoking shelter recognizes reality
Altona Red River Valley Echo (ca), 2011-01-23
Greg Vandermeulen

Steinbach Regional Secondary School has found themselves under fire by special interest groups and those dedicated to political correctness lately. ...

Pro-smoke lobbyists still fighting Ontario smoking ban
Globe and Mail (ca), 2011-01-20

Two months after Ontario finally decided to kick the habit, lobbyists who fought the province's sweeping ban on smoking in public places say it's having precisely the negative impact on their industries that they had feared.

In May, smoker's rights group, which is funded in part by the tobacco industry, joined forces with pub owners, veterans and charities in voicing concerns about the economic impact of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. ...

Smoking ban coming for parks and beaches
BCLocalNews - Kevin Diakiw - Jan 19, 2011

Surrey is set to ban smoking at all parks and beaches within the city.

On Wednesday night, Surrey's Parks, Recreation and Culture Committee is expected to pass a staff report recommending the creation of a bylaw forbidding people from lighting up in the civic areas.

Coun. Mary Martin, chair of the committee and the head of the Mayor's Task Force on Health, expects the notion to pass unanimously both at committee and council.

"I expect it to go pretty smoothly," Martin said Tuesday. "It's a health issue and I think it's important that people understand the significance of smoking within our community." ...

McGuinty knows his limits
Ottawa Citizen - Lee Greenberg - January 19, 2011

TORONTO — Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, a man nicknamed by critics as “Premier Dad” for his occasionally paternalistic laws, says he knows his limits when it comes to legislation. And those limits start at the front doors of apartment buildings.

McGuinty Wednesday told reporters he would not ban smoking in multi-unit residential buildings.

Proponents of such a ban complain that smoke often travels from one apartment unit to the next. ...

Editorial: Home-smoking ban plan goes too far
The Province - January 19, 2011

Canada's anti-smoking activists should publicly admit what secretly they must actually desire — a total ban on the use, sale and production of tobacco.

Heck, it worked so smoothly with alcohol during prohibition, and now with marijuana and other street drugs, maybe for the greater good of all Canadians we should give it a try with smoking. (Relax, we're kidding.) ...

Cancer society calls for Alberta-wide ban on smoking in cars with children
Calgary Herald - Lea Story - January 19, 2011

Alberta is lagging when it comes to discouraging cigarette smoking in vehicles carrying children, says the Canadian Cancer Society.

All provinces have laws prohibiting smoking in public places. However, only six provinces and the Yukon territory have legislation banning smoking in vehicles with children. Alberta is among four provinces and two territories that haven't made it illegal for drivers to smoke in vehicles carrying children under the age of 18. ...

B.C. eyes stop-smoking plan
Vancouver Sun - Pamela Fayerman - January 18, 2011

The B.C. government is considering a $25-million plan to provide taxpayer-funded subsidies or coverage to help people stop smoking.

Based on a "very early, high level assessment," the cost for all smoking-cessation products, including prescription and non-prescription ones, could be more than $25 million a year, said Michelle Stewart, spokeswoman for the B.C. Health Services Ministry.

"The definitive budget impact would depend on what would be covered and coverage criteria -- all of which are being considered as part of the ministry review," she said, adding that a final decision is not expected until later this year.

Organizations like the B.C. Lung Association, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. and Yukon and the Canadian Cancer Society have been lobbying the government to offset the costs of smoking cessation interventions as Saskatchewan and Quebec now do. ...

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on National Non-Smoking Week
Conservative Party of Canada (ca), 2011-01-17

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement highlighting the importance of National Non-Smoking Week, January 16-22:

“The health and well-being of Canadians is an important priority for our Government. Awareness of the many health hazards of tobacco use will help Canadians — especially our youth and children — avoid smoking, while helping others quit this very unhealthy habit.

“This is why our Government has announced several measures, including new health warning messages for cigarette packages, and why we are working with the provinces and territories to include toll-free phone and web address information on these new labels. And we want to increase awareness and support for those trying to quit smoking ...

Steinbach school brings back smoking
First in province to let students, staff puff again
Winnipeg (Manitoba) Free Press (ca), 2011-01-15
Nick Martin

Smoking on public school grounds is back at Steinbach Regional Secondary School, where a shelter has been built for students and staff to smoke on campus. ...

Ban on Saskatchewan pharmacies selling tobacco products pushed back to April 2011
Saskatoon (Sas) Star Phoenix (ca), 2010-10-25

Saskatchewan pharmacies will stop selling tobacco products as of April 1, 2011, said Health minister Don McMorris on Monday.

McMorris released the province’s tobacco reduction strategy as he opened a two-day symposium that brings together health officials and experts from across Saskatchewan. He later told reporters that the government is delaying the ban on pharmacy tobacco sales by several months.

“A lot of pharmacies have to change the design of the store and we’re giving the time to do that,” McMorris told reporters Monday at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Provincial government aims to reduce smoking in Saskatchewan
Saskatoon holds two-day tobacco reduction symposium
News Talk 650 CKOM (Saskatoon, SK), 2010-10-25
Reported By Benson McCulloch

The Saskatchewan government is continuing its push to get smokers to butt-out during a tobacco reduction symposium in Saskatoon.

About one hundred people from various health authorities are expected to attend the meetings, which are scheduled to last two days.

"It is widely recognized that smoking contributes to significant health problems for smokers and those exposed to environmental tobacco smoke," said Saskatchewan Health Minister Don McMorris.

"Several stakeholders have been closely involved in planning and organizing this event and I would like to thank them for their contribution. Our government is looking at all strategies to reduce tobacco use in Saskatchewan."

Alberta gov’t to launch suit against tobacco companies
Province hopes to recover health-care costs
Edmonton (Alberta) Journal (ca), 2010-10-25
Keith Gerein,

The Alberta government has announced it will initiate legal action against the tobacco industry to recover health-care costs.

The province will join British Columbia, Ontario and New Brunswick as the fourth province to launch such litigation.

“We believe it’s important for Alberta to begin this process now so that we’re able to file our statement of claim and work collectively and jointly with other provinces to set the litigation strategy,” said Alison Redford, the minister of justice and attorney general.

RNAO dismayed at go, 2010-10-21

The health of thousands of Ontarians hangs in the balance after the McGuinty government's decision to shelve a report recommending dozens of sound anti-smoking measures, nurses say.

The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario (RNAO) says it's dismayed the provincial government would announce it had made enough progress on anti-smoking laws on the same day the Tobacco Strategy Advisory Group (TSAG) released its report at Queen's Park.

The report titled, Building On Our Gains, Taking Action Now, sets out a five-year strategy to control tobacco. It includes recommendations aimed at licensing tobacco retailers, introducing new guidelines for cigarette packaging, and expanding areas where smoking is prohibited to include restaurants, bar patios, and doorways and entrances of public buildings and playgrounds. The report also recommends amending the province's Residential Tenancies Act so landlords can include non-smoking language within leases. ...

City council kicks smoking ban around
Revelstoke Times Review - Aaron Orlando - October 20, 2010

Revelstoke city council has asked staff to explore options for a possible cigarette smoking ban in public places, but they stopped short of pushing for the ban.

The idea came forth in a recommendation from the city’s health advisory committee.

In a somewhat light-hearted discussion, council touched on the ups and downs of a ban.

They wondered if a ban would be enforceable. Coun. Steve Bender asked what the message would be to to all the smokers in town.

“Move to Malakwa?” joked Mayor David Raven -- followed by more jokes from councillors about the crack getting misconstrued. ...

Ban on smoking in rental apartments rejected
Canadian Press, 2010-10-20

A recommendation to let landlords ban smoking in rental apartments has been quickly shot down by the Ontario government.

The province's Tobacco Strategy Advisory Group wants Ontario to outlaw smoking in multi-residential rental units, on all restaurant patios and in all parks and playgrounds.

Health Promotion Minister Margarett Best says the government has already banned smoking in public areas of apartment buildings, and doesn't want to make the law even tougher.

She says the province is "not looking at any further bans with respect to smoking at this point in time." ...

Canada Newswire (CNW) (ca), 2010-10-19

The Ontario Lung Association (OLA) reinforces its support for the tobacco control recommendations announced today by the Tobacco Strategy Advisory Group (TSAG) in its new report, Building on our Gains, Taking Action Now: Ontario's Tobacco Control Strategy for 2011-2016. Since 2004 the Ontario Lung Association has been an active stakeholder in the Ontario government's Smoke-Free Ontario strategy, a member of TSAG and assisted in developing the report. The lung health organization backs the recommendations in today's report and believes they will advance the important strides already made to protect young people and adults from the grip of tobacco addiction.

"We are proud to have worked with so many health partners in the development and timely release of this report. It's really time to correct common misperceptions about smoking and see it for what it is: one of the strongest addictions there is," says George Habib, president & CEO, Ontario Lung Association. "And if we agree that smoking is not a lifestyle choice, but a life-threatening addiction, it's imperative that we step up our tobacco control efforts into the future. While there have been many achievements and good work to date, there is still much more that needs to be done. Too many Ontarians are dying because of tobacco-related diseases, deaths that could be prevented with the right approach and strategy." In addition to supporting all recommendations of the TSAG report, the Ontario Lung Association is urging the provincial government to implement a province-wide smoking cessation system ...

A Statement by the Chief Medical Officer of Health - Towards a Smoke-Free Ontario
Government of Ontario, Canada (ca), 2010-10-19
Dr. Arlene King Chief Medical Officer of Health

Earlier today, the Tobacco Strategy Advisory Group (TSAG) released a much-anticipated report on how Ontario should move forward with tobacco control. I want to commend the advisory group for a job well done, and want to throw my support behind the view that we must continue the war on tobacco with vigour and renewed commitment. To back away now is to lose ground and risk losing the fight completely. ...

I believe that complacency is our key enemy. Tobacco only kills because we let it. ...

There is much to be proud of in what we have accomplished, but we have not accomplished nearly enough. It is time to take the next step in tobacco control in Ontario. ...

Smoke pits for some city parks
BC Local News (ca), 2010-10-19
Kathy Michaels - Kelowna Capital News

As city council moved forward with an extension of the smoking ban for “natural” areas to include all city-owned parks and beaches, park services manager Ian Wilson said there will be a few exceptions when the bylaw it goes into effect next February.

Each park larger than 15 hectares will have a designated smoke pit.

That means City Park, Parkinson Recreation Park, Mission Recreation Park and Guisachan Heritage Park, will be mostly smoke-free.

The exception will give the plan a $23,000 price-tag and Wilson said those funds will be used for education, signage and installation of ashtrays in designated areas. ...

PEI apartments go smoke free - October 20, 2010

An increasing number of apartments on P.E.I. are writing no-smoking policies into their leases, something that was virtually unheard of five years ago.

Under P.E.I. law, property owners can evict a tenant if they violate a no-smoking policy that's included in the lease. Cora MacDonald, superintendent of the smoke-free Parklane Place Apartments in Charlottetown, told CBC News Tuesday the policy saves money on repairs from smoke damage, and helps fill the building.

"We figured it would be a drawing card for some tenants, because a lot of our tenants are seniors and some have health issues," said MacDonald.

"We are fully rented now, and I think we're ahead of what we expected as far as being totally rented." ...

More social housing goes smoke free
Peterborough Examiner - Sarah Deeth - October 20, 2010

Four social housing providers have announced they're cracking down on second-hand smoke in their facilities.

Keene Non-Profit Housing, St. Barnabus Housing, Kinsmen Garden Court of Peterborough and the YWCA of Peterborough, Victoria and Haliburton are all going smoke-free.

Ingrid Cathcart, a tobacco enforcement officer with the Peterborough County-City Health Unit, said the policies would be phased in gradually.

Tenants living in the housing units who smoke can continue to do so, she said, though they are encouraged to go outside.

The new policies apply to all new tenants and eventually the buildings will all be smoke free, Cathcart said.

"We're sort of grandfathering them out." ...

Smoking in cars: a history
Regina Leader-Post - Ron Petrie - September 30, 2010

If you're the sort who needs a coffee and a cigarette with your morning paper as you race the kids off to school, make a lungful of your next drag, the last ever.

As of tomorrow, you will be breaking a new law: No smoking while driving with children. Fines under Saskatchewan's Tobacco Control Act range from $150 to $500 for exposing anyone younger than 16 to smoke in a vehicle.

Times, they've certainly changed.

Of a Saskatchewan that once was, but has long since disappeared, friends of similar (fogey) vintage share all my vivid recollections, except for the hippopotami. For example, I distinctly remember, at 14, in dad's Ford half-ton, and with no safety restraints even at 60 miles an hour -- (seat belts? Ha!) -- when the smoke from that Export A was so harsh that my entire respiratory system horked involuntarily with the spasms of a German shepherd working up a pork chop bone. And I was all by myself. It was a simpler time.

Remarkable, or maybe not, in this latest round of tobacco restrictions, which includes a ban on smoking near entranceways, is the silence of debate. No one has raised a huge stink about busybody government horning its unenforceable laws into human activities better left to common sense and courtesy, at least no more so that the other side of the issue has pressed the equally valid counter-argument that nothing in the new law inconveniences any of us. ...

PLATT: Showing the door to nuisance smokers
Calgary (Alb) Sun (ca), 2010-09-28

Cigarette smoke near exits is becoming an issue with Calgarians, say health officials.

So few remaining, yet somehow, they always end up crowding the doorway of any building you choose to enter.

Such is the paradox of the cigarette smoker, a species at an all-time population low in this province, following the most effective eradication campaign since the buffalo slaughter.

Smokers are vanishing, and yet they're still a serious nuisance.

Punishing taxes, disgusting health warnings and a ban on display and advertising has driven Alberta smoking to its lowest level ever, with just 18% of people over the age of 15 lighting up. . . .

It's a shame, given that a well-publicized crackdown might serve to clear Calgary's cloudy doorways, and convince smokers that the street is not the best ashtray.

A fat fine or two, levelled at bar and building owners, may be just the ticket to ending the conflict.

It might even save smokers from losing the last few rights they have.

So long as they continue to annoy the majority, smokers will find themselves on the path to extinction. ...

Youth, young adults smoking rates down in '09
Canadian Press, 2010-09-28

Smoking rates appear to be on the decline among teens and young adults, according to a release from Statistics Canada on Monday.

Data from the 2009 Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey revealed that 18 per cent of respondents aged 15 and older reported smoking either daily or occasionally. That's unchanged from 2008, but down from 25 per cent in 1999.

The smoking rate among youth aged 15 to 19 was 13 per cent, down from 15 per cent in 2008. The prevalence of smoking among young adults aged 20 to 24 years also dipped to 23 per cent from 27 per cent in 2008.

Over an 11-year period spanning from 1999 to 2009, the population aged 15 years and older increased by about 3.1 million Canadians. While the number of current smokers decreased by 1.3 million, former smokers increased by 1.3 million and the number of those who had never smoked increased by 3.4 million. ...

Cancer Society seeks support for smoke-free patio bylaw
EMC Manotick/Winchester - September 23, 2010

EMC News - The Canadian Cancer Society is calling on municipal candidates in Ottawa to support a ban on smoking on restaurant patios and in parks and playgrounds.

"Tobacco is a major health issue that needs the attention of municipal leaders," said Mary Hobbs, regional director of the Canadian Cancer Society.

"Even outdoors, second-hand smoke is dangerous to health."

Second-hand smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals including at least 50 known cancer-causing substances, according to the society.

Research has shown that levels of smoke within half a meter of a single cigarette outdoors are comparable to indoor smoking levels depending on air conditions, said Ms. Hobbs ...

Council approves smoking ban - Kelowna News (ca), 2010-09-21
Castanet Staff

Kelowna City Council has approved changes to a bylaw which will prohibit smoking in all city owned parks, beaches and other recreational areas.

In August of 2009, the city's Parks and Public Spaces bylaw was amended prohibiting smoking in all city owned natural areas in an effort to reduce wild land fire ignition was approved by Council.

Park Services Manager Ian Wilson says staff spent the last year investigating a wide-ranging ban and found that smoking ban bylaws can even help smokers quit. ...

Kelowna considers outdoor smoking ban - September 20, 2010

City councillors in Kelowna, B.C., could vote to ban smoking in all city parks, beaches, trails and sidewalk patios on Monday, but the idea is not sitting well with smokers.

The vote comes after the Vancouver Park Board made all 200 of the city's parks and 18 kilometres of beaches smoke-free earlier this month

Kelowna Park Services manager Ian Wilson says support has since grown for a similar ban in the Okanagan city ...

Quebec ponders more smoking restrictions
CBC News (ca), 2010-09-19

Quebec's Liberal government plans to introduce legislation to toughen the province's smoking laws, CBC News has learned.

Smoking rates have dropped in Quebec since the government brought in tougher tobacco laws in 2005. (Eliseo Fernandez/Reuters)Health Minister Yves Bolduc plans to table a bill this fall that will likely include a ban on smoking in vehicles where children are present, sources have told CBC.

Quebec's current tobacco law ­ introduced in 2005 ­ prohibits smoking in bars and restaurants, and near public buildings such as hospitals or schools.

Premier Jean Charest won't publicly confirm the move, but stressed that any measure to reduce smoking could improve Quebecers' lives. ...

Smoking in cars with kids will soon be illegal
Regina (Sas) Leader-Post (ca), 2010-09-17
ANGELA HALL, Leader-Post

People who smoke in cars that have kids as passengers will be breaking Saskatchewan law as of Oct. 1, as provisions under The Tobacco Control Amendment Act take effect.

The new rule is meant to protect children under 16 from second-hand smoke in vehicles, the provincial government said.

"Children specifically are much more vulnerable to exposure to tobacco smoke than adults because they are still physically developing, so we're just trying to protect our youngest citizens from that exposure," said Nicole Nieminen, senior policy analyst with the Ministry of Health.

The ministry on Friday issued a reminder that the month of October will also usher in other new tobacco control rules, including: ...

Toronto mayoral candidates not considering ban on public smoking
The Money Times - Anter Prakash Singh - September 17, 2010

Ford believes that the idea of banning smoking in public places is not practical. Even Rocco Rossi, a former CEO of the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation ...

Mayoral hopefuls divided on smoking ban in parks - September 16, 2010

As provincial health minister, George Smitherman brought in the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which banned smoking inside public buildings such as restaurants ...

Ban smoking in parks
Ottawa Citizen - September 14, 2010

The Canadian Cancer Society is calling on municipal election candidates in Ottawa to support a bylaw prohibiting smoking on restaurant patios and in parks and playgrounds.

Even outdoors, second-hand smoke is dangerous. It contains more than 4,000 chemicals, including at least 50 known cancer-causing substances. Research has shown that levels of smoke within half a metre of a single cigarette outdoors are comparable to indoor smoking levels, depending on air conditions.

Municipalities can take the lead to protect public health by implementing bylaws and policies that go above and beyond the existing provincial Smoke-free Ontario Act.

We urge candidates to support bylaws for smoke-free restaurant and bar patios that will protect the health of patrons and staff and for smoke-free parks and playgrounds that will protect the health of children and caregivers. ...

Caesars Windsor raises eyebrows with hookah gifts
Windsor Star - Craig Pearson - September 14, 2010

WINDSOR, Ont. — Put this in your pipe and smoke it: Caesars Windsor provided a unique giveaway to invited guests Sunday, handing out hookahs.

The 12-inch, two-pound glass hookahs were tabletop versions of the tall and traditional water pipe that began in India and has become popular throughout much of the Middle East -- and increasingly in North America, as well.

"As most organizations do, we offer programs and promotions that target different customer groups and demographics," Caesars Windsor spokeswoman Renée Tomsich said Monday. "We normally present our patrons with gifts or giveaways every weekend."

In the past, the casino has given loyal customers such things as coolers, lawn chairs, MP3 players, gas cards, gift cards and more.

The hookah seems to stands out, however, especially given that the casino -- as by Ontario law -- is smoke-free. ...

Smoking ban takes effect Wednesday at Vancouver parks beaches
The Province - September 1, 2010

Parks and beaches are now off-limits to smokers, as the Vancouver Park Board’s ban on the habit took effect Wednesday.

Lighting up in prohibited areas will net a fine of $250. These include the city’s 224 parks, plus its playgrounds, beaches, golf courses, sports fields, trails, seawall and areas within park boundaries, including parking lots. ...

Ottawa patios have high levels of second-hand smoke - August 25, 2010

A new study shows Ottawa patios have high levels of second-hand smoke, which could be hurting your health.

The study, commissioned by the Ottawa Council on Smoking and Health, is based on research from the University of Waterloo that used a hidden device to measure air quality on restaurant patios in Ottawa.

Researcher Ryan Kennedy found levels of tobacco smoke on Ottawa patios were as high as pollutants recorded in the air during a major forest fire.

Ottawa's smoking and health council is launching an awareness campaign aimed at convincing restaurants and bars to go smoke-free on their patios.

Although smoking is banned inside Ottawa restaurants and bars, the rules do not extend to patios.

Smoking ban sparks region-wide debate
Vancouver Sun - Kevin Rothbauer - August 20, 2010

A proposed comprehensive smoking bylaw for the City of Duncan is continuing to smolder as council attempts to deal with the worries of downtown business owners.

Following first reading of the bylaw at Monday's meeting, council resolved to send it to the Cowichan Valley Regional District and Municipality of North Cowichan urging them to pass similar bylaws, as well as continuing to seek comments from the general public.

Much of the bylaw is in line with provincial regulations, but concerns have been raised because the bylaw prohibits smoking within 7.5 metres of a stores, restaurants or other public-service related buildings.

Provincial regulations currently prohibit smoking within three metres of windows and doorways of businesses. With few places in downtown Duncan not affected by that aspect of the bylaw, business owners are fearful that patrons will be driven out of the city.

"People downtown feel this is a negative bylaw in an economically depressed time," said Coun. Paul Fletcher, the only councillor to have been opposed to the document from the start. "It's already low in business in Duncan." ...

Canadians, Americans, Britons support tobacco crackdowns
Toronto Sun - August 18, 2010

Canadians, Americans and Britons widely support the notion of their governments enacting regulations that curb smoking, cigarette sales and tobacco advertising, according to a new poll.

The Angus Reid Public Opinion poll found that most respondents supported the laws that ban smoking indoors, in a vehicle that has a child present and in bars, restaurants and casinos.

The poll, which was released on Wednesday, questioned 1,000 Canadians, 1,013 Americans and 2,023 Britons.

Canadians led the other two countries in supporting the crackdown on sales.

About 75% of Canadians supported banning cigarette sales at stores that contained a pharmacy while 63% of Brits and 43% of Americans did.

Meanwhile, 86% of the Canadians polled supported banning the sales at post-secondary institutions compared to 66% of the American respondents and 79% of the British respondents.

The majority of respondents also supported printing hazard warnings on tobacco packaging with Americans at 91% and Canadians and Britons at 88%. ...

Smoking will be off limits
Regina (Sas) Leader-Post (ca), 2010-08-05
Angela Hall, Leader-Post

Smoking anywhere on school grounds will be strictly off limits by the time Saskatchewan students return to class this fall.

As of Aug. 15, a provision banning all tobacco use on school grounds and in schools will take effect under the Tobacco Control Amendment Act, which passed the legislature in May.

Health Minster Don McMorris said he's confident the restriction will help stem the number of young people who use tobacco, which can also help put a lid on future health-care costs. ...

No smoking ban for Vancouver parks and beaches...for now
News1130 - July 29, 2010

The Park Board has changed its mind about raising the fire hazard from 'high' to 'extreme', and that means its smoking ban didn't kick in yesterday. ...

Should smoking on patios be banned?
Open File - Alison Garwood-Jones - July 28, 2010

A Toronto-based scientist has renewed calls for a smoking ban on patios, saying that outdoor smoking at restaurants still poses a serious health risk — as serious as indoor smoking, which was banned four years ago.

Roberta Ferrence points to several new studies that show the dangers posed by outdoor tobacco smoke to servers and patrons is considerable and cumulative, especially if smokers are sitting at a table less than nine metres away from other guests, which is the case on most Toronto patios.

“It forms a mushroom cloud, like an atomic bomb that rains down on us,” says Ferrence, who works with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and is also executive director of the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit.

Local politicians, however, say smoking on patios is not an issue with voters. “I don’t get a lot of calls about it,” says Toronto city councillor John Filion (Ward 23, Willowdale).

As chair of the Toronto Board of Health, Filion was a leader in the campaign to ban smoking indoors in bars and restaurants. The Smoke-Free Ontario Act, which contains the ban, went into effect early in 2006. ...

Vancouver's beach smoking ban arrives early
Globe and Mail - July 27, 2010

All Vancouver beaches and parks will be smoke free, starting Wednesday.

Vancouver Park Board commission Ian Robertson says smoking will be banned because of extremely dry conditions. ...

Smoking bylaw passed
Coquitlam Now - July 21, 2010

Coquitlam residents will be waiting for the air to clear after council banned smoking in public places where kids under 16 could be present. ...

Coquitlam moves toward banning smoking on public patios
The Province - June 10, 2010

Council unanimously endorsed a notice of motion Monday that would ban smoking on public patios and spaces where those under the age of 16 may be present. ...

Doctors' group calls for smoke-free restaurant and bar patios
Marketwire (press release) - May 25, 2010

Hospitality workers continue to be exposed to dangerously high levels of second-hand cigarette smoke

Attention: Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor

OTTAWA--(Marketwire - May 25, 2010) - A Canadian health group is calling for Canadian provincial and municipal governments to move quickly to ban smoking on restaurant patios and other hospitality venues.

"Canadian researchers have assembled compelling evidence to demonstrate that laws to keep restaurant patios smoke free is necessary to protect the health of workers and the public," said Neil Collishaw, research director of Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada, "yet 8 in 10 Canadians lives in a community where such measures are not yet in place." ...

Outdoor smoking ban in the works for Hamilton?
Hamilton Spectator - May 25, 2010

A public health officer says the "vast majority" of Hamilton residents surveyed -- smokers and non-smokers alike -- favour banning or regulating tobacco use at municipal parks, playgrounds, outdoor pools and beaches.

But a possible ban could further alienate smokers who are already restricted from smoking in restaurants and bars, said two city councillors. ...

Duncan pondering outright smoking ban
Duncan is looking for public feedback on a bylaw that would forbid smoking in all public places within the city limits.
BC Local News (ca), 2010-05-14
Peter Rusland - Cowichan News Leader Pictorial

A proposed bylaw banning all tobacco smoking in Duncan has one city councillor fuming.

“I’m dead against it because it’s just another piece of negativity for downtown Duncan,” councillor and ex-smoker Paul Fletcher said of the draft bylaw council wants public feedback about.

The proposed butt ban would affect parks, sidewalks, gazebos, bus shelters, streets and other places.

Mayor Phil Kent, also a former smoker, signaled council simply wants public input about how effective the stub-out statute might be to boost air, ground and water quality.

“What goes onto the ground gets into our water,” he said of toxic butts dotting city streets. ...

Designated smoking areas planned at parks
Peterborough Examiner - Brendan Wedley - May 5, 2010

City-owned playgrounds, beaches, wading pools and splash pads will become smoke-free areas as of July 1, city council decided on Monday night, with the ban expanding to all city parks by May 1, 2012.

But council eased off a little on the smoking ban, adding a last-minute amendment to allow designated smoking areas in city parks. ...

Wider smoking ban eyed
Winnipeg Free Press - Melissa Martin - May 5, 2010

Where there's smoke, there's ire -- amateur soccer pitches might not be the only outdoor fields where parents are asked to butt out before the big game.

On Monday, city council's protection and community services committee voted to recommend a ban on smoking within 50 metres of the sidelines on city-owned soccer fields. Before it goes into effect, the potential ban still needs to percolate through city government, gaining approval next from the executive policy committee, then from council itself. ...

Committee to look at dos and don'ts of public parks
Goderich Signal-Star - Gerard Creces - May 5, 2010

Council considered the smoking bylaw, and it was noted by CAO Larry McCabe that such an action would need the consent of county council.

"Is it possible," said Coun. Heather Lyons, "That we could consider a local municipal bylaw?"

A motion to ask the county to ban smoking in parks was rescinded and a committee formed at the bequest of Deputy-Mayor John Grace to create a larger park policy. ...

Council expands no-smoking areas in public
Collingwood Enterprise Bulletin - 4/30/2010

There's fewer places to light up, after councillors passed two bylaws on Monday night restricting where someone can have a cigarette.

It's now against the law to have a smoke within nine metres of the entrance to a public building, and you won't be able to have a cigarette on a restaurant patio that's located on a public thoroughfare. ...

Smoking ban should be taken seriously by city - Noel Lewis-Watts - 4/30/2010

Re: 'Smoking ban study a waste of time, money' (Daily News, April 28)

I'm really surprised at your laissez-faire attitude towards smoking in a public place.

Fool's errand? Preventing people from forced inhalation of second-hand tobacco smoke?

Not according to all the health information I read on the subject.

Since when is trying to save lives a fool's errand? Ask the person that's laying in the hospital dying of lung cancer what they think. ...

From July CAMH Bans Smoking on Premises
TopNews United States - Jayden Roberts – April 29, 2010

Mental health centre in Canada plans to go smoke free in July. Canada’s largest mental –health facility, the centre for Addiction and mental health has already banned smoking indoors.

The facility also emphasizes that the ban will be completely implemented, if the patients are willing to support. This law has almost taken 10 years to be put into practice ...

Smoking ban in parks to be self-enforced
Peterborough Examiner - Brendan Wedley - April 29, 2010

Lisa Messervey, a mother of two boys aged four and two, has seen children pick up cigarette butts around playgrounds in city parks.

"They (smokers) leave them laying around. It's disgusting," she said on Wednesday as she walked with her sons and dog in Beavermead Park.

The city's plan to phase out smoking in all municipal parks and beaches over the next couple of years is a great idea, Messervey said.

"I don't want my kids around it. It's gross," she said. ...

Smoke ban in parks urged
Edmonton Journal - Gordon Kent – April 29, 2010

A proposal to ban smoking in Alberta's municipal and provincial parks is attracting interest from several Edmonton city councillors.

The Coalition for a Smoke-Free Alberta wants governments to outlaw smoking in parks, a move the head of one of the group's members says should include civic playgrounds and restricted outdoor sites where people gather.

"Playgrounds would be an excellent place to start. There's protecting children's lungs and there's (preventing) role modelling," Tony Hudson, chief executive of the Lung Association of Alberta, said Wednesday. ...

Smoking could be banned in Calgary parks
News1130 - Cormac Mac Sweeney - April 28, 2010

Stop smoking in parks and playgrounds.

That's what an anti-smoking group wants to see happen in Edmonton and possibly Calgary as well.

The director of "Action on Smoking and Health" tells the Calgary Sun they're campaigning in the provincial capital to see that happen and depending on how that goes, Calgary could be next.

Thirty municipalities have already banned smoking in parks, with Vancouver being the most recent. ...

Vancouver park board tells smokers to butt out at parks and beaches
Canadian Press, 2010-04-19
Sunny Dhillon (CP)

Vancouver's park board will vote on a plan Monday that would prohibit smoking in all public parks and beaches, a move critics allege tramples on smokers' rights and is simply political grandstanding.

The board will review a report prepared by park staff that recommends the ban on medical and environmental grounds.

"I have letters of support from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, I have emails from the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, I also have emails from leading no-smoking experts from the University of British Columbia," said Raj Hundal, a park board commissioner.

"There is obviously scientific support toward bringing a ban."

But Robert Holmes, president of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, said the ban is virtually unenforceable and violates an individual's freedom. ...

Bylaw butts out at entrances
The North Bay Nugget - Gord Young - April 20, 2010

number of workplaces and apartment buildings have been added to the city's smoking bylaw, which bans anyone from lighting up within nine metres of doorway entrances.

Council approved an amendment Monday, adding eight workplaces and 19 apartments to the bylaw calling for the nine-metre ban.

Deputy mayor Peter Chirico said the additions to the bylaw represent the first round ...

Vote set for smoking ban in parks
Metro Canada - Vancouver - April 19, 2010

Vancouver smokers will have one less place to light up if a proposed bylaw prohibiting smoking in all parks and beaches passes tonight.

The Vancouver Parks Board is voting whether to enact the smoking ban, which is already in effect in some form or another in municipalities like Richmond and White Rock.

“The overarching concern here is to promote a healthy urban environment and support active living and wellness,” said Parks Comm. Raj Hundal. ...

Bottorff, J.L.; Johnson, J.L.; Carey, J.; Hutchinson, P.; Sullivan, D.; Mowatt, R.; Wardman, D., "A family affair: Aboriginal women's efforts to limit second-hand smoke exposure at home," Canadian Journal of Public Health 101(1): 32-35, January-February 2010.

Supreme Court rejects appeal on smoking in private club
Montreal Gazette - Janice Tibbetts - April 15, 2010

The province's Smoke-free Ontario Act, adopted in May 2006, bans smoking in enclosed public places and work places, including bars. ...

Smoking-related health problems dropped after Toronto banned restaurant
The Canadian Press - April 12, 2010

TORONTO — A ban on smoking in Toronto restaurants may be paying big health dividends, a new study suggests.

Rates of hospitalizations for heart attacks as well as heart and respiratory disease conditions plummeted after the city's ban on smoking in restaurants came into effect, according to the study, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

There was a 17.4 per cent drop in heart attack hospitalization rates and a 39 per cent decline in hospital admissions for cardiovascular conditions overall. The rate at which Torontonians were hospitalized for respiratory conditions - asthma or emphysema attacks, pneumonia and the like - decreased 33 per cent.

"This study's findings are consistent with the understanding that secondhand smoke has detrimental health impacts and legitimizes efforts to further reduce exposure," said Dr. Alisa Naiman, lead author of the study.

Naiman is a family physician and a researcher with Toronto's Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences; her co-authors are also researchers with ICES.

The study is an observational one, which means the researchers looked at what happened after a policy intervention occurred, in this case the smoking ban.

This kind of study cannot prove cause and effect; it can only spot changes that seem to be associated with the intervention. The authors used statistical modelling to try to rule out the possibility the effect seen might have been due to other factors.

The effect is large, and Naiman admitted in an interview that it's likely a number of other changes in society at the time contributed to it. ...

Hospital admissions dropped after anti-smoking legislation in place
EurekAlert (press release) - April 12, 2010

Since the implementation of anti-smoking legislation, hospital admissions for cardiovascular and respiratory conditions have decreased 39% and 33% respectively, found a research article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only)

Previous studies have focused on the impact of public smoking restrictions on cardiovascular outcomes and, in particular, on heart attacks. Few, if any, studies have examined hospital admissions for respiratory conditions in association with the implementation of smoke-free legislation.

Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the world. Second-hand smoke is the third leading cause of preventable poor health and premature death in the developed world.

This 10-year population-based study was conducted to determine the effect of anti-smoking legislation in Toronto, Canada on admissions to hospital for cardiovascular conditions, specifically heart attacks, angina and stroke, and respiratory conditions asthma, emphysema, and pneumonia or bronchitis.

"Research delineating the impact of smoke-free legislation on cardiovascular and respiratory outcomes could have an immense impact on public health, given that an estimated one billion people are expected to die during the 21st century as a result of tobacco-related disease," write Dr. Alisa Naiman, Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, University of Toronto and coauthors.

The largest decline in hospital admissions occurred after the 2001 ban of smoking in restaurants. This included a 17% decrease in the crude rate of admission for heart attacks, a 33% decrease in rates of admission for respiratory conditions and a 39% decrease because of cardiovascular conditions. ...

Smoking laws may be working: Study
Metro Canada - Halifax - April 9, 2010

A survey from Smoke-Free Nova Scotia claims tough laws on lighting up is curbing the habit for some Bridgewater residents.

Bridgewater’s Protection from Second-Hand Smoke bylaw that took effect in September 2008 applies to most town property such as parks, playgrounds and sports fields.

Due to this regulation — the first of the kind in the province — the survey says 12 per cent of people in Bridgewater are now trying to quit and one in three people who smoke say they now smoke less around children.

Smoke-Free Nova Scotia is a coalition of health groups across the province who are committed to a tobacco-free province. ...

Class Action Against Tobacco Company Dismissed
VOCM (VOICE OF THE COMMON MAN) (ca), 2010-03-24

Lawyer Ches Crosbie is calling Newfoundland and Labrador a "legal backwater for consumer rights" following a Court of Appeal decision to dismiss a multi-million dollar class action lawsuit against Imperial Tobacco. The lawsuit sought millions of dollars against the tobacco manufacturer for marketing so-called "light" and "mild" cigarettes. . . .

The Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal dismissed the action, citing the province's Trade Practices Act, which does not permit consumers to sue manufacturers. Crosbie says our consumer law is the only law in the country that does not allow consumers to do that. ...

Smoking next on BC town's to be banned list
Globe and Mail - Kevin Drews - March 23, 2010

First it was fast-food franchises. Now it's smoking.

The Vancouver Island town of Tofino is preparing a bylaw that would ban smoking in the municipality's parks.

Councillor Gord Johns said he came up with the idea after talking to members of the Canadian Cancer Society at a meeting of the Union of B.C. Municipalities.

Mr. Johns said it doesn't make sense to take children to a park to play next to people who are blowing smoke. ...

Smoking ban in regional housing units to be introduced
570 News - March 17, 2010

Waterloo Region wants tenants to butt out.

Beginning April 1st, residents of buildings owned by the region will not be allowed to smoke in their units.

The region owns and manages 2,723 housing units, but today's Record reports the policy will only apply to new tenants who move into an apartment on or after April 1. ...

Public Health campaign promotes smoke-free rental properties
EMC Frontenac - February 11, 2010

EMC Lifestyle - Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Public Health is encouraging property managers, landlords and social housing providers to clear the air at their properties.

BreathFresh, a first-time education campaign, promotes the development and maintenance of smoke-free rental properties.

Dave McWilliam, manager of the tobacco control program at KFL&A Public Health, said this is an initiative that has been gaining ground across the country. He noted that in Canada, British Columbia is leading the way on this issue, but there has been activity closer to home.

"The Region of Waterloo has just announced it will be taking all of its social housing in the realm of the municipality smoke-free," he said.

McWilliam said the initiative is not intended signal out and reprimand those who choose to smoke, but it's about providing those who don't smoke the choice to live in a smoke-free home.

"We know that ballpark 75 per cent of the population in Kingston does not smoke and a reasonable percentage of those live in rental properties," McWilliam said. He noted that these individuals don't have much choice but to live in properties where they are affected by second-hand smoke.

McWilliam said living free of second-hand smoke should not be a luxury available only to homeowners. ...

Vancouver's smoke-free Games plan runs out of puff
Reuters, 2010-02-08
Mary Milliken

Vancouver's plan to host smoke-free Winter Games were stubbed out after Olympic officials told the city to make room for people who love to puff, particularly Europeans and the media.

In a city that prides itself on healthy living, bike-riding Mayor Gregor Robertson recognized that Vancouver could not impose its strict anti-smoking culture on legions of visitors to the Games that open on Friday (Feb 12-28).

"We need to be welcoming the world with open arms and not being too prescriptive with regulations and practices that we live by day to day," said Robertson.

The Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) wanted to ban smoking to reflect "our very strong commitment to a healthy environment for spectators, athletes, officials, everyone," said Renee Smith-Valade, vice president of communications.

While there will be no smoking inside indoor sports venues, VANOC was told by the International Olympic Committee that it must designate smoking areas outside the arenas. ...

Windsor survey finds support for outdoor smoking ban
Windsor Star - Jan 21, 2010

WINDSOR, Ont. -- The local health unit is promoting an idea sure to have puffers fuming: a ban on smoking at outdoor sports and recreation areas.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit released a poll Thursday showing that 71 per cent of 1,165 respondents favour such a ban on tobacco, including chewing tobacco. ...

Ban smoking on patios: tobacco council - Jan 21, 2010

A Quebec anti-tobacco group wants a ban on smoking outside bars and restaurants.

The Quebec Council on Tobacco and Health is asking the government to extend the indoor smoking ban, in effect since 2006, to outdoor patios. ...

Olympic smoking zones slammed
Tri-City News - Jeff Nagel - Jan 21, 2010

Special smoke pits will be set up at the rear of Olympic venues to ensure coaches and officials have a place to puff without having to leave the security perimeter.

Vanoc's chief medical officer said designated outdoor smoking areas will be set up in strategic positions away from crowds after requests from some international sport federations. ...

Olympics no longer 'smoke-free'
The Province - Jack Keating - January 20, 2010

The so-called smoke-free Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics have gone up in smoke, ...

Vote on smoking bans for Vancouver parks and beaches expected February 1 - Carlito Pablo - January 19, 2010

Kreisman has been working with the staff of the Vancouver park board on a smoking ban on the city's parks, beaches, and trails, and it looks like some form ...

National Non-Smoking Week Kicks Off
McGuinty Government And Partners Urge Ontarians To Quit Smoking
Government of Ontario, Canada (ca), 2010-01-18

Ontario is teaming up with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Ontario Lung Association, Canadian Cancer Society - Ontario Division, and Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres to encourage Ontarians to become smoke-free at today's launch of National Non-Smoking Week 2010.

The province is promoting the National Non-Smoking Week theme of "Quitting is contagious, pass it on!" which is based on research that indicates it is easier for people to quit smoking when others in their social circle also kicked the habit.

Ontario's Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy, one of the most comprehensive strategies in North America, has surpassed its goal of reducing tobacco consumption by 20 per cent by 2007 ...

The Impact of Ontario Smoke-free Legislation on Secondhand Smoke in Enclosed Public Places
Zhang, B.; Bondy, S.J.; Chiavetta, J.A.; Selby, P.; Ferrence, R.
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene March 2010, 7(3): 133-143.

Many studies have evaluated the impact of indoor smoking bans on secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure. No studies have assessed the impact of a smoking ban on SHS in enclosed areas outside separately ventilated, designated smoking rooms (DSRs). This study evaluated the overall impact of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act implemented May 31, 2006, on SHS in bars and coffee shops and the impact of banning DSRs on SHS outside DSRs. Air particulate matter (PM) and carcinogenic particulate polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PPAH) were measured in May 2006 before the ban inside and outside DSRs in Toronto venues (13 coffee shops and 14 bars) that allowed smoking only in DSRs, and in Windsor venues (10 coffee shops and 10 bars) where smoking was allowed in shared spaces. Measurements were repeated 2 months post-ban. Air quality index values (AQIs) were calculated. Mixed model analysis was applied, taking into account measurement errors for repeated measures. Post ban, mean PM and PPAH levels were reduced by 87% (from 494 to 67 mm(2)/m(3)) and 94% (from 196 to 11 ng/m(3)), respectively, inside Toronto DSRs. Mean PM and PPAH levels were reduced by 10% (from 124 to 111 mm(2)/m(3)) and 46% (from 45 to 24 ng/m(3)), respectively, outside Toronto DSRs. In all Windsor venues, mean PM and PPAH levels were reduced by 83% (from 488 to 81 mm(2)/m(3)) and 90% (from 107 to 10 ng/m(3)), respectively. All reductions were statistically significant (p < 0.0001). In Toronto venues, the AQI was reduced from the "very unhealthy" range inside DSRs and the "moderate" range outside Toronto DSRs to the "good" range, and in Windsor venues from the "unhealthy for sensitive groups" range to the "good" range post-ban. Pre-ban PPAH levels including those outside Toronto DSRs may be associated with cardiovascular injury. DSRs did not provide adequate protection from SHS. The Smoke-Free Ontario Act produced a significant and firm reduction in SHS exposure in venues both with and without DSRs. ...

Smoking in cars law difficult to enforce
Summerside (PEI) Journal-Pioneer (ca), 2010-01-09
STEPHEN BRUN The Journal Pioneer

SUMMERSIDE - Local authorities have found a new law governing smoking in cars is hazy at best.

Changes to the province's Smoke Free Places Act late in 2009 prohibit lighting up in a motor vehicle when anyone under 19 years of age is present.

Cpl. Kent MacKay of the East Prince RCMP said while the law is a good idea, it's difficult to enforce.

"It's not difficult to enforce if you witness it, but it's very difficult to enforce if you don't," MacKay said. "Even to determine if a person under 19 is present in the vehicle while someone's smoking is very hard." ...

If there are kids in your car, butt out or pay up, 2010-01-09

Motorists in the Chaleur region are being reminded that a provincial ban on smoking in motor vehicles when children are present went into effect Jan. 1.

"The prohibition of smoking in cars when children are present will ensure more protection for young people from the health risks associated with secondhand smoke," said Health Minister Mary Schryer in a news release.

"This initiative is a step forward to protect the public from second-hand smoke and to reduce the use of tobacco."

The Smoke-free Places Act prohibits smoking in a motor vehicle when a person younger than 16 is present. Similar legislation exists in Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and the Yukon, and is being put in force in Manitoba and Prince Edward Island ...

Once gutted by fire, apartment complex now smoke-free
Metro Canada - Calgary - January 7, 2010

A newly renovated southwest Calgary apartment complex gutted by a fire in 2007 has now opened its units to a completely smoke-free living environment.

Lakeview Mews property management company Realstar Management claims the building is the first 100 per cent smoke free apartment complex in Calgary.

“As the trend against smoking strengthens, more and more individuals are requesting non-smoking properties to call home, so it was important for us to satisfy this request” Realstar vice-president Scott Bigford said in a release. “During the renovation process, we decided to convert the property to a smoke-free home to benefit both the health of our new residents, as well as the environment,”

Dustin Pelly is a resident at the apartment. Because of his asthma condition, he chooses to live in the smoke-free environment.

“It was definitely a motivating factor to move in,” he said. ...

Canada Government Must Face B.C. Tobacco Suit, Court Rules
Bloomberg News, 2009-12-09
Joe Schneider

Canada’s federal government, accused of promoting so-called light cigarettes, must be a defendant in a British Columbia lawsuit seeking compensation from tobacco companies for the treatment of smoking-related illnesses.

The Court of Appeal for British Columbia yesterday overturned a trial judge’s decision that cleared the federal government and, in a 3-2 decision, ruled it must be added as a co-defendant as requested by the tobacco companies.

“The B.C. decision will demonstrate that the government of Canada has known about the risks associated with smoking for decades and that it instigated and promoted the development and sale of lower-tar tobacco products,” Donald McCarty, Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd.’s vice president of law, said in a statement. ...

Saskatchewan introduces new tobacco legislation
Meridian Booster - Allison Wall - December 7, 2009

The Saskatchewan division of the Canadian Cancer Society is applauding new tobacco reduction measures announced by the Saskatchewan government.

On Thursday, the ministry of health announced an investment of $1 million per year for three years on a tobacco strategy aimed at children and youth.

"Although Saskatchewan's tobacco use rates have stabilized over the last two to three years, our rates remain high," said Health Minister Don McMorris. "We are committed to reducing tobacco use in this province. We know tobacco use is a significant cause of preventable death in Canada and we want our residents to have long, healthy and productive lives." ...

Town defeats bylaw to prohibit smoking outside public places
Parry Sound (ON) Beacon Star (ca), 2009-12-04
Stephannie Johnson

Where would smokers light up downtown if they were prohibited from smoking within nine metres of any public building?

That was the question town council and staff asked Tuesday when they denied the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit's request to stop smokers from puffing outside any workplace or public entrance within municipal boundaries.

The Smoke Free Ontario Act and regulations prohibit smoking in all public and workplaces, but does not prohibit smoking outside an entrance.

"The reason why our department was recommending it be denied is (because of) the building fabric, especially in the downtown, you wouldn't be able to smoke at all downtown…the entrances are so close together," said bylaw enforcement office Tammy Purdy.

She added that the bylaw department also doesn't have the resources to enforce it. ...

Council to vote next week on smoking buffer
North Bay (Ont) Nugget (ca), 2009-11-25
Posted By Gord Young

Smokers will have to drag themselves further away from entrances to all municipal buildings and possibly some workplaces and apartment buildings under proposed amendments to the city's smoking bylaw.

North Bay council will vote next week on the smoking bylaw amendments which call for a nine-metre ban from doorway entrances at all municipal buildings, as well as workplaces and apartment buildings with more than six units when requested by owners.

If approved, the municipal bylaw would be even more rigid than the provincial Smoke Free Ontario Act, which only provides minimum distances for hospitals, nursing homes and psychiatric facilities. ...

Smoking prohibited on school property
The Post - Ontario - Hayley Wrigley - November 20, 2009

In fact, the Smoke Free Ontario Act prohibits smoking at any time on school property. One of the reasons for this law is to de-normalize tobacco use; ...

Health groups applaud passage of bill to sue tobacco companies
Canada Newswire (CNW) (ca), 2009-11-19

A coalition of prominent health organizations is applauding the Alberta government for passing a bill that will hold tobacco companies accountable for their tremendous impact on the healthcare system.

Bill 48, the Crown's Right of Recovery Act, allows the Alberta government to sue tobacco companies to recover the portion of healthcare costs resulting from the tobacco industry's deceptive marketing practices.

"We are delighted that the Alberta government has joined with other provinces to hold the tobacco industry accountable for the healthcare impact of its deceptive marketing practices," said Tony Hudson of The Lung Association. "The tobacco industry has an unparalleled track record of deceit, denial, and public harm resulting from decades of marketing the leading avoidable cause of premature death. This bill is a significant achievement for public health, justice and tobacco industry accountability."

Alberta is the ninth province to pass legislation to enable Medicare cost recovery lawsuits against tobacco companies ...

City council approves outdoor smoking ban
Timmins Times - Len Gillis - November 18, 2009

Acting on the advice of a group of teenagers, Timmins city council has agreed to ban smoking in outdoor spaces in Timmins that are within ten metres of ...

Persistence pays off for anti-puffing group
Timmins Times - November 18, 2009

Cadence Hayes is one of the crusaders who was involved in the push to convince city council to move forward with the idea of the outdoor smoking ban on ...

Park board's anti-smoking crusade deliberately clouds issue
Vancouver Courier - Mark Hasiuk - November 18, 2009

...Now the park board wants to ban smoking in parks, playgrounds and beaches--pretty much everywhere people go. ...

Ban on cellphone use while driving a year away
Winnipeg Free Press - Bruce Owen, Gabrielle Giroday - November 18, 2009

...The same bill also bans smoking in a vehicle with a child under 16....

Smoking ban at city parks gets approval
Timmins Daily Press - Brandon Walker - November 17, 2009

A smoking-bylaw amendment prohibiting puffing near public beaches, certain playgrounds and recreational fields has been passed by Timmins city council.

It has been a topic that has ignited much discussion around the council table since a group of young people from Whisper Out Loud did a presentation.

The original suggestion was to prohibit people from smoking within roughly 30 metres of beaches, playgrounds and recreational fields.

The amendment passed yesterday establishes that restriction at 10 metres. ...

No more smoking on the sidelines?
Nova News Now - Christy Marsters - November 13, 2009

The Town of Windsor is considering a bylaw to ward away secondhand smoke.

With a vote of 3-2, Council approved first reading of the Protection from Secondhand Smoke Bylaw. The matter will go to second reading at the November 24 council meeting. If passed, no one will be permitted to smoke on any property owned or leased by the Town. This includes all town parks, playgrounds, recreational facilities, trails and building lands.

Windsor’s chief administrative officer Louis Coutinho says the bylaw is not about trying to fine people, but about educating people in a healthier community. “Secondhand smoke is a health hazard.” ...

Health group serves National Post with notice of libel suit
Canada NewsWire (press release) - November 10, 2009

TORONTO, Nov. 10 /CNW/ - The Non-Smokers' Rights Association (NSRA) has served the National Post with a notice of the Association's intention to sue the paper under the Ontario Libel and Slander Act. The October 27th editorial alleged that the NSRA is "pressuring" the Ontario government to use building code reforms "to forbid smoking in all apartments and condominiums." The allegation is false and has harmed the NSRA. Although the National Post published a "correction" on November 3rd, the so-called "Correction" was itself incorrect and merely aggravated the harm done to the NSRA in the editorial.

"The NSRA, like virtually all health organizations," said Garfield Mahood, NSRA executive director, "is sensitive to concerns about regulating smoking in the privacy of the homes of smokers. This is just one of the reasons that Non-Smokers' Rights Association has always opposed a blanket prohibition on either tobacco or smoking, especially in private homes. However, in keeping with long-accepted common law and public health principles, when behaviour in private multi-unit dwellings creates a health hazard for others who are sharing the same air supply, the NSRA will continue to work with health units, municipalities, landlords and tenants to prevent second-hand smoke from harming innocent parties who share common air."

The NSRA takes the position that residents of multi-unit dwellings, when they share the same air through close proximity, ventilation systems, halls, stairways and leakage through cracks and gaps, must recognize that second-hand smoke presents a real risk to their neighbours and that they have a responsibility to their fellow residents. "Advocating for the elimination of this risk in multi-unit dwellings," said Mr. Mahood, "is in no way advocating for the prohibition alleged by the National Post." ...

Federal Court throws out prison smoking ban
The Metropolitain - Jessica Murphy - November 5, 2009

Hardened criminals enfeebled by severe nicotine fits have won their court battle against a sweeping prohibition on smoking in federal penitentiaries.

On Oct. 23, Federal Court Judge Luc Martineau overturned the total ban enacted by Corrections Canada in May, 2008. ...

Apartment building going smoke-free
Chatham (Ont) Daily News (ca), 2009-11-05

Russell Chandler has smoked for more than 50 years, but he is willing to curb his habit to be more neighbourly.

He is one of approximately 90 tenants of the South Chatham Village Apartments who will have to adapt to a smoking ban coming effect at the apartment complex, Jan 1, 2010.

"There's no hard feelings that they're doing that," Chandler said.

Martin Vanderzwan, chairman of the apartment's board of directors, said the smoking ban has been motivated by reducing the risk of fire and reducing the known health effects of secondhand smoke.

He said most of the residents responded to a survey on implementing the ban.

"It was almost unanimous that we should have a nonsmoking policy," Vanderzwan said.

There are 67 units in the building, including seven or eight units occupied by smokers, he said. ...

Canadian National Conference on Tobacco or Health runs Nov. 1-4, 2009

10/30: The Program Committee of the Canadian National Conference on Tobacco or Health is developing a dynamic program to present the latest evidence, research findings, programs, and activities in Canadian tobacco control and around the world. More information will be posted as plans progress. The plenary and symposia sessions will explore the critical elements of tobacco control’s future, while the concurrent sessions will probe key issues including plain packaging, retail reform, Bill C-32, new products, new frontiers in second-hand smoke, industry litigation, contraband and the implication of new nicotine addiction research and the use of NRT’s in cessation. There will be two sessions on smoke-free multi-unit housing (SF MUDS), and this topic will be touched on in a couple of other sessions.

Appeal in motion over ruling on smoking ban
Globe and Mail - Ingrid Peritz - October 29, 2009

The Correctional Service of Canada is appealing a court ruling that struck down the ban on smoking at federal penitentiaries. A group of 19 inmates, all in Quebec, won a court challenge against Canada's prison smoking ban last week; Federal Court ruled that prohibiting smoking outdoors went too far and deprived prisoners of their rights. The Correctional Service has decided to appeal, meaning that inmates must still butt out for now. ...

Jail yard smoking ban to be appealed
Montreal Gazette (ca), 2009-10-28

MONTREAL - The Correctional Service of Canada will appeal a ruling making it legal to smoke outdoors at federal penitentiaries.

A group of 19 prisoners challenged a ban on smoking on the grounds of any federal penitentiary, which was put into force in May 2008. Last week, a Federal Court judge in Montreal ruled the ban violated the charter rights of the plaintiffs because smokers weren’t able to smoke either indoors or out. ...

Ban on smoking in vehicles with children
Lakes District News - October 28, 2009

Anyone caught in B.C. smoking in a vehicle with a child present will have to pay a $109 fine.

April of this year, the B.C. Government passed the legislation to enforce a ban on smoking in vehicles when a child under the age of 16 is present last spring under the Motor Vehicle Act.

Healthy living and sport minister Mary Pollack said in a statement regarding the ban, "Any level of second-hand smoke has harmful effects on a child's health, so it's important that we protect vulnerable children who are confined in a vehicle." ...

Study shows how smoking really burns Saskatchewan
Regina Leader-Post - Murray Mandryk - October 28, 2009

Every now and then, a long-standing issue allows you to address how much we've actually progressed as a society . . . and perhaps also allows you to measure how much further we have to go.

Smoking is just such an issue and -- measured by the Canadian Cancer Society study suggesting that the Saskatchewan economy takes a $1.1-billion annual hit as a result of smoking -- it appears we still have a long ways to go.

That said, the Saskatchewan Party government's proposed new tobacco legislation that will ban smoking in cars carrying children and also on outdoor patios is another great step in the right direction. ...

Sask. considers smoking ban when kids are in car - October 26, 2009

The Saskatchewan government is considering a new law to ban smoking in cars when children are present.

No details have been released, but the measure is one of several being considered for new anti-tobacco legislation.

The province is also looking to ban smoking at the outdoor patios of bars and restaurants. Currently, there's a sweeping smoking ban in indoor areas, but it's still permitted in outdoor areas.

The car-smoking ban when children are present has been introduced in other regions around Canada, but not in Saskatchewan. ...

No-smoking bylaw to get third reading
Sault (Ont) Star (ca), 2009-10-24
Frank Dobrovnik, The Sault Star

City council will finally vote on a controversial by-law banning smoking in city parks and playgrounds.

An amended by-law will be read at the council meeting Monday, forbidding anyone ­ with some exceptions ­ from lighting up within 15 metres of any playground area, recreational field or the Roberta Bondar Park Tent.

In an evenly divided vote broken by Mayor John Rowswell, council deferred third and final reading six weeks ago to hold public consultations. A public and user group consultation meeting was held Sept. 30. A report from commissioner of social services Nick Apostle says 11 members of the public and four user groups attended, with most questions "around implementation of the bylaw."

There was also "discussion around the sacred and ceremonial use of tobacco by aboriginal groups," the report states. ...

HILTS: Smoke-free housing complex in Lambton is long overdue
Sarnia (Ont) Observer (ca), 2009-10-23

If you have ever lived in an apartment you know the smell of second-hand smoke wafting into your dwelling can be enough to make you sick.
In fact, second-hand smoke kills.

Lambton County's smoke-free housing proposal got the green light from a standing committee. A decision by council is expected on Nov. 4. It's a project long overdue in this county. . . .

County council needs to approve this non-smoking project to protect the health of its residents. Affordable housing tenants deserve to have a healthy home.

Smoking ban laudable, but not doable: Greater Toronto Apartment Association
Brampton (ONTARIO) Guardian, 2009-10-23

Peel Regional councillors say enacting legislation that protects residents in multi-unit apartment buildings from second-hand smoke is a step in the right direction.

But when it comes to banning the practice outright, local politicians concede such a law would be hard to enforce.
Peel Public Health presented a report to councillors today outlining possible steps the Region could take to curb the impact of tobacco smoke in apartments and condos.

Dr. David Mowat, Peel’s medical officer of health, said the purpose of the document is to spark public debate and gauge council’s position on the matter.

The report follows several complaints from apartment tenants in Peel about smoke drifting into their homes, Mowat said. ...

Peel rejects proposal to ban smoking in tenants' homes
Toronto (Ont) Star (ca), 2009-10-23
Mike Funston urban affairs reporter

Thursday, Peel Region's general committee rejected the idea of passing a bylaw banning smoking in such buildings because officials said restricting tenants' rights to do what they wish in their own homes wouldn't stand up in court. But the committee will ask the province for legislation that would protect residents of multi-unit buildings from second-hand smoke through various measures such as changes to the Ontario Building Code.

A decision by Waterloo to phase out smoking in social housing by requiring tenants after April 1 to sign leases with no-smoking provisions, and a similar proposal being considered in Hamilton, will have a "domino effect," predicts Pippa Beck, policy analyst for the non-smokers' group.
"Every day we're getting calls from tenants and condo owners who are desperate to escape the smoke," she said.

Building code changes that would require retrofitting ventilation systems in old buildings and ensure that new ones are capable of filtering out second-hand smoke are among the measures that could be taken, Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion said.

Local smoke-free housing proposed
Sarnia Observer - Paul Morden - October 22, 2009

An affordable housing project planned for the old Marshall Gowland Manor site could be a smoke-free building.

It would be the first public housing building to be smoke-free in Lambton if county council approves the move.

A standing committee is backing the recommendation by Lambton's housing services department. It goes to council on Nov. 4.

That's the same day county councillors are scheduled to be hear details about the design of the $10-million plus housing project at 1000 London Rd. in Sarnia.

It's 57 units will be for seniors and the disabled.

John Innes, the county's general manager of financial services, said demolition of the former home for the aged is now complete.

"We got a good clean job," Innes said about the work done by Aurora-based Priestly Demolition Inc.

Lola Dudley, manager of the housing services department, said design details for the new building will be presented to the neighbours at a public meeting Nov. 3, 7 p. m., at High Park School.

Construction could begin in early spring. ...

Butt ban excludes duplex dwellers
The Barrie Examiner - October 22, 2009

Even as a smoker, I am all for the city bylaws that protect nonsmokers from my bad habit.

I don't even smoke in my own house or car. But I have a huge problem.

I live in a 100-year-old duplex with my husband and baby, and the people next door smoke inside so much that all of us cough and choke. Not even opening a window helps.

I called the City of Barrie and apparently there are no laws to protect us in this situation, as the landlord next door did not put in his lease that there is no smoking. People are not allowed to smoke in the open air down at the waterfront, but our daughter has to be choked out by the inconsiderate neighbours next door. ...

Peel Public Health wants condos, apartments smoke-free
680 News - Oct 18, 2009

It may soon be against the law for Ontarians to smoke in their own home.

Peel Public Health wants Queen's Park to add more restrictions to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act to protect residents in multi-unit dwellings from exposure to second-hand smoke.

For that to happen, municipal authorities would have to redefine the term "public place" to include private, multi-unit apartments.

Tenants have complained about smoke seeping into their homes through electrical outlets, ductwork and light fixtures.

The Act already prohibits smoking in all enclosed public places and workplaces. ...

Car smoking ban a good decision by gov't
Miramichi Leader - October 15, 2009

It's not likely to make smokers very happy, but come 2010 drivers caught smoking with children younger than 16-years-old in the car will be facing fines of $140 up to $750 with fines increasing to as much as $1,070 for additional incidents.

New Brunswick becomes the fifth jurisdiction in Canada to impose such a ban and we applaud the province for taking this step.

By now there should be no one who does not know just how unhealthy cigarettes are or no one who isn't aware of the damage they cause. Years of research have proven that cigarettes cause a host of illnesses, not the least of which is lung cancer. ...

Smoking banned for new tenants in public housing
Waterloo Record - October 14, 2009

WATERLOO REGION — Regional council voted 12-3 Wednesday to confirm a ban on smoking in about 2,700 public housing units owned by Waterloo regional government.

The ban takes effect April 1, 2010 but does not apply to current tenants, unless they move to a new unit.

Tenant Georgeann Moniz appeared before council to applaud the ban, saying she gets a bad cough when second-hand smoke seeps in through her door or from a neighbouring patio. Under the new rules, outdoor smoking must be at least five metres from a building. ...

Following the money: The Fraser Institute's tobacco papers - Donald Gutstein - October 14, 2009

When the Fraser Institute celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2004, media coverage was ebullient. The Province was typical when it proclaimed in an editorial “we're all 'right wing' now” and ended by congratulating the institute for “daring to dissent. May it do so for another 30 years.”

This piece was reprinted in the Ottawa Citizen and the Windsor Star. National Post columnist Lorne Gunter reported that “the Fraser Institute is so highly regarded that not only was the room chock block [sic] full of prominent provincial and national conservative politicians, organizers, consultants, academics and volunteers, it was also full of financiers of conservative parties and causes.”

As my new book, Not A Conspiracy Theory, points out, no one in the media asked the obvious question: Where does the Fraser Institute get its money? Who are these financiers of conservative parties and causes? Gunter didn't mention any names ...

Destroyed documents: uncovering the science that Imperial Tobacco Canada sought to conceal
Canadian Medical Association Journal (ca), 2009-10-14
David Hammond 1, Michael Chaiton 2, Alex Lee 1, Neil Collishaw 3

Background: In 1992, British American Tobacco had its Canadian affiliate, Imperial Tobacco Canada, destroy internal research documents that could expose the company to liability or embarrassment. Sixty of these destroyed documents were subsequently uncovered in British American Tobacco's files. . . .

Results: Imperial Tobacco destroyed documents that included evidence from scientific reviews prepared by British American Tobacco's researchers, as well as 47 origin al research studies, 35 of which examined the biological activity and carcinogenicity of tobacco smoke. The documents also describe British American Tobacco research on cigarette modifications and toxic emissions, including the ways in which consumers adapted their smoking behaviour in response to these modifications. The documents also depict a comprehensive research program on the pharmacology of nicotine and the central role of nicotine in smoking behaviour. British American Tobacco scientists noted that "... the present scale of the tobacco industry is largely dependent on the intensity and nature of the pharmacological action of nicotine," and that "... should nicotine become less attractive to smokers, the future of the tobacco industry would become less secure."

Interpretation: The scientific evidence contained in the documents destroyed by Imperial Tobacco demonstrates that British American Tobacco had collected evidence that cigarette smoke was carcinogenic and addictive. The evidence that Imperial Tobacco sought to destroy had important implications for government regulation of tobacco ...

Notorious inmates to challenge prison smoking ban
Ottawa (Ont) Citizen (ca), 2009-10-10
Graeme Hamilton, National Post

MONTREAL ­ Nineteen inmates serving lengthy federal sentences ­ a who’s who of notorious Quebec killers and gangsters ­ will argue in court this coming week that a complete smoking ban introduced in federal prisons last year tramples their rights.

Prohibiting smoking violates prisoners’ right to “life, liberty and security of the person” and constitutes “cruel and unusual treatment,” the prisoners argue in a Federal Court action seeking to overturn the ban.
The Correctional Service of Canada decided to outlaw all smoking after discovering that a partial ban, which allowed smoking only outdoors, was being flouted. It is estimated that about three-quarters of federal inmates were smokers before the ban.

“The decision to implement a total smoking ban by (Correctional Service of Canada) management was made to protect the health and safety of staff and offenders,” agency spokeswoman Marilyne Guevremont said, declining further comment because the case is before the courts.

The plaintiffs, who had been smoking an average of two packs a day, include Gerald Matticks, the drug-trafficking leader of Montreal’s West End Gang, Benoit Guimond, a biker who shot a teenager outside a Montreal nightclub, and Daniel Patry, who murdered the puppeteer behind a popular Quebec children’s show. Many of them are serving life sentences for murder, but take away their cigarettes and they become trembling, nervous wrecks, court documents suggest. ...

Truckers fuming mad over smoking fine
Today's Trucking News - October 8, 2009

Federally regulated trucking companies are also not bound by Ontario's controversial blanket smoking ban, which fines fleet owners for employees puffing in ...

Smoke-Free Ontario: Should a truck be classified a workplace? - Kim Fox - Oct 8, 2009

He was fined under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, a 2006 law that prohibits smoking in enclosed workplaces and public areas such as bars and restaurants. ...

Outdoor smoking issue still up in the air
Council expected to pass second reading later this month
Timmins (Ont) Times (ca), 2009-10-08
Posted By Len Gillis

The debate continues at Timmins city council on whether it will ban smoking for outdoor locations such as playgrounds, beaches, parks and recreational fields. So far council has had one reading of the bylaw, which was approved.

In order for the draft bylaw to be enacted, council will have to pass three readings. A formal second reading of the draft bylaw will be held later this month.

The issue was brought back to council on Monday for debate and public input. The only citizen input so far has been through a series of letters and e-mails from members of the public. ...

Ont. man fined $305 for smoking in workplace - his truck
The Canadian Press - October 8, 2009

TORONTO — An Ontario truck driver has been fined $305 for smoking in the rig of a tractor-trailer because it is considered a workplace.

Provincial police pulled over a truck on Highway 401 near Windsor, Ont., on Wednesday when the driver was seen smoking. The Smoke-Free Ontario Act adopted in 2006 prohibits smoking in enclosed workplaces and public areas, such as bars and restaurants.

Neil MacKenzie, the manager of tobacco programs for the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, said even a farmer's enclosed tractor would be considered a work environment. ...

HRM restricts smoking outdoors - October 7, 2009

Smokers take note: You will need to butt out at hundreds of outdoor sites owned by the Halifax Regional Municipality.

Halifax regional council unanimously adopted a policy Tuesday to restrict smoking at about 480 outdoor venues where children are present, such as parks, rinks and sports fields. ...

Waterloo Region Housing considers smoke free policy
570 News - October 6, 2009

New tenants moving into Waterloo Region Housing will likely not be allowed to smoke inside their units.

The policy was passed at the committee level this afternoon. If it's approved by regional council, it will come into effect in April of next year. ...

Waterloo region considers smoking ban in public housing after residents’ complaints
Kitchener-Waterloo Record , 2009-09-26
Frances Barrick, Record staff

Complaints from tenants about second-hand smoke have prompted Waterloo Region to consider banning smoking in their multi-unit dwellings.

“In general, I would support some kind of restrictions with respect to second-hand smoke” said Coun. Sean Strickland, chair of regional council’s community services committee, which oversees regional housing.

A report on the issue is slated to be before regional council next month.
Strickland said the issue is riddled with concerns such as a municipality’s right to prohibit a person from smoking in their own home to enforcement of such a ban.

The region receives an average of five calls a month from tenants complaining about second-hand smoke seeping into their dwellings from other units and open windows.

First Quebec Decision on the Validity of a No Smoking Policy ...
Linex Legal (registration) - Sep 15, 2009

Source: Ogilvy Renault LLP - A policy implementing a total ban on smoking anywhere on an employer's property was recently deemed legal, by arbitrator Jean-Pierre Lussier, in Pratt & Whitney et TCA Quebec, section locale 510. The total ban on smoking included parking lots and all outdoor areas and applied to everyone: employees, suppliers, customers, subcontractors and visitors. ...

EDITORIAL Smoke gets in fewer eyes
Summerside (PEI) Journal-Pioneer (ca), 2009-09-11

As of Tuesday, amendments to P.E.I.’s Smoke Free Places Act, which eliminate exemptions that permitted businesses and buildings to have designated smoking rooms, come into effect.

Smokers will no longer be allowed to light up on hospital grounds and those with children under 19 won’t be permitted, by law, to smoke in vehicles where children are present. Smoking at public places and businesses will also be banned.

But those frequenting the province’s hot spots and bars will catch a break. Smoking will still be allowed on patios and decks of restaurants and licensed established, but only between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.

To say the changes are welcome by the P.E.I. division of the Canadian Cancer Society and the P.E.I. Lung Association is an understatement. ...

Butting out: council to get look at proposed bylaw next week
Sault Star - Elaine Della-Mattia - September 9, 2009

City council will be asked Monday to pass a bylaw that would bring smokers one step closer to butting out at city-owned parks and playgrounds.

At its last meeting, council unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the city solicitor to pen the bylaw.

Ward 2 Coun. Terry Sheehan abstained from voting because there was no public consultation on the bylaw. ...

City hall briefs: City continues to look at possible beach butt ban
BC Local News (ca), 2009-09-07

The City of Kamloops is pondering having smokers butt out at public beaches.

But whether that means enforcing a bylaw banning smoking or staying out of the smoldering debate remains to be determined.

At the encouragement of the Interior Health Authority, city council entertained a motion last week to initiate an anti-smoking policy for public beaches.

Reasons given to go ahead with a ban were litter, fire prevention and overall heath. However, the motion was defeated because of issues around bylaw enforcement and public awareness. ...

Butt ban debate reignites
Ottawa (Ont) Sun, 2009-09-05

Recently Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada called on Ottawa to follow the example of Kingston and a couple dozen other Canadian municipalities and ban smoking on restaurant and bar patios.

It is now illegal to smoke on any bar or restaurant patio covered by a roof. Some bar owners get around that loophole by clustering tables with umbrellas.

That's one of the problems with expanding the bylaw to include all patios, or sports fields and beaches, said Linda Anderson, manager of bylaw and regulatory services for the City of Ottawa. How do you enforce it?

"We wouldn't have sufficient resources," said Anderson. "We strongly believe if you pass regulations, you have to have the ability to enforce them. Otherwise it's just a suggestion and people who see it as a good thing get frustrated."

The town of Quinte West hopes its residents will police themselves.

On the suggestion of a group of high school students, it passed a bylaw in July banning smoking within 25 metres of all outdoor sports fields and playgrounds. ...

Butting out at the beach
Valley Echo - Dave Lazzarino - September 1, 2009

Interior Health has requested that municipalities with beach areas encourage a smoke-free area on beach property.

The goal is threefold including litter reduction, fire prevention and offering a responsible model for children and teens. ...

Village explores smoking ban for beaches, parks
Arrow Lakes News - Keith Powell - September 1, 2009

In a decision made after addressing a letter sent to council from the Interior Health Authority, Nakusp has decided to consider banning smoking on the public beach and in park and recreational areas.

When the issue came up at the Aug. 25 council meeting, Nakusp Mayor Karen Hamling proposed a motion to amend a current policy to follow through with the ban, with councillor’s Ulli Mueller and Joseph Hughes speaking in favour. ...

Patio smoking ban urged
Peterborough (Ont) Examiner (ca), 2009-08-29
Posted By SARAH DEETH/Examiner Staff Writer

An Ottawa-based group is calling for a ban to end smoking on patios, and local health officials say a similar ban in the city would be a welcome step in the right direction.

Physicians for a Smoke Free Canada is asking Ottawa city council to consider banning smoking on bar patios.

There is currently no such ban being proposed in Peterborough.

Ingrid Cathcart, a tobacco enforcement officer with the Peterborough County-City Health Unit, said a ban in Peterborough would be an extension of tobacco restrictions that are already in place. ...

DNV looks at public space smoking ban
North Shore News - Sarah Ripplinger - August 26, 20009

District council split on the issue Monday, with many councillors opposing the ban on smoking on district patios. "I am concerned, especially in these hard ...

Park targeted for smoke ban
Salmon Arm Observer - Lachlan Labere - August 26, 20009

Asking people to not light up in Fletcher Park may be the first step the city takes to curbing smoking in public ...

Fletcher Park butt-out overdue
Salmon Arm Observer - August 26, 20009

The proposed push by the city to curb smoking in Fletcher Park stems from a request by the Interior Health Authority to develop a policy that would ban ...

Eastern Health prepares to go smoke and tobacco free Sept. 23
St. John's Telegram - August 26, 20009

Smoking will not be permitted in buildings, parking lots, vehicles or on the grounds. The use of all tobacco products, including products like chew or snuff ...

Council agrees to ban smoking in parks - Carol Martin - August 25, 2009

Marie City Council has agreed tonight to prohibit smoking at City playgrounds and recreation areas, and at the Roberta Bondar tent pavilion and at special ...

Ottawa pushed to bansmoking on patios
Owen Sound Sun Times - Derek Puddicombe - August 24, 2009

A doctors' group wants Ottawa to take its smoking ban a step further and make it illegal to light up on restaurant and bar patios.

Cynthia Callard, the executive director of Physicians for a Smoke Free Canada, said she's "disappointed" the city hasn't moved to ban smoking on patios because "it's a real health hazard" for those who wait on tables and for patrons. ...

Building Research Capacity for Evidence-informed Tobacco Control in Canada: A Case Description
McDonald, P.W.; Viehbeck, S.; Robinson, S.J.; Leatherdale, S.T.; Nykiforuk, C.I.; Jolin, M.A.
Tobacco Induced Diseases August 7, 2009, 5(12): [Epub ahead of print].

More young NB men smoke
Times and Transcript - Nick Moore - FREDERICTON - While smoking rates in New Brunswick have stayed mostly unchanged from one year to the next, it appears more young men are taking up the habit.

Numbers from the Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey indicate that New Brunswick's smoker rate was 19.9 per cent in 2008, representing about 145,000 people. The year before, the province's smoker rate was 21.2 per cent.

Statistics Canada said the rate remains about even when considering the margin of error. ...

Smoking ban extended to Kelowna's natural areas - August 11, 2009

Council also asked staff to consult the public about how wide a smoking ban Kelowna residents want. A wider ban could cover parks, sports fields beaches, ...

Smokers caught lighting up outdoors in West Van face stiff fines
With the District of West Vancouver’s new bylaw, the North Shore is moving towards more stringent smoking bylaws than those introduced by the provincial government in 2009.
BC Local News (ca), 2009-07-29
Rebecca Aldous - North Shore Outlook

West Van council has voted in favour of introducing stricter regulations on top of the provincial government’s 2008 outdoor smoking laws, extending bans to patios, parks, playgrounds and athletic fields, including outdoor skateboard parks.

The district also further extended B.C.’s three- metre rule to six metres for smoking next to building entrances or air ducts.

People guilty of breaking the new regulations could face a fine up to $10,000.

“It will make dining on the side walks of West Vancouver much more enjoyable,” Mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones said. ...

Playground smoking ban in the works
Bracebridge (ON) Examiner / Gravenhurst Banner (ca), 2009-07-29
Nicole Million

Visitors to some of Midland’s parks will soon have to butt out.
Councillors asked staff on Monday to prepare a bylaw prohibiting smoking within 10 metres of playgrounds, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, tennis courts and soccer fields located on municipal property.
Paulette Antaya, who brings her grandnephew Lucas to Little Lake Park about once a week, said a bylaw prohibiting smoking is a good idea.
“There’s nothing worse than kids having to play around cigarette butts in the sand,” she said. “I don’t think you should be smoking around kids, but what is really annoying is (some people) don’t dispose of them and they end up in the sand…. Kids are digging and playing in the sand, and it’s not fair for them.”

Tamara Hrizo agreed, telling The Mirror it’s wrong for kids to be subjected to secondhand smoke no matter where they are. ...

Alberta Reports 7.5 Percent Drop In Cigarette Smoking Due To ...
AHN - July 28, 2009

Calgary, Alberta (AHN) - What health warnings could not achieve, higher tobacco taxes effectively reduced smoking among Alberta residents. According to the Campaign for a Smoke-Free Alberta, there was a 7.5 percent cut in cigarette smoking among residents of the province in 2008 because of the 63 cents hike in tobacco tax.

The campaign also attributed the reduction in lighting up to a ban on smoking in the workplace across Alberta beginning also in 2008. ...

Adj-Tos looking at parks smoking ban
Bracebridge (ON) Examiner / Gravenhurst Banner (ca), 2009-07-23
Kurtis Elsner, Staff

Adjala-Tosorontio is looking at partially banning smoking in township parks.

Coun. Joy Webster brought the idea up at a council meeting Monday night (July 20).

Webster said concerned parents have approached her and said people smoking at children's sports events set a bad example for kids and jeopardizes their health. She said she went to a game and was surprised to see how prevalent smoking is. She said it is not only a problem for the kids, but for the parents sitting in the stands.

"If you have a child around you that is asthmatic, then you have to move," she said.

Webster wants to see council pass a resolution that would have signs posted at municipal parks and would give umpires and referees the ability to ask people to leave the park if they're smoking when children are playing nearby. ...

BC parks ban smoking, barbecues, campfires - July 23, 2009

The extreme risk of fires has prompted officials across southern B.C. to crack down on any activities that could spark a forest fire.

The Vancouver Park Board banned smoking, open fires and barbecues in local parks after raising the fire hazard rating to extreme because of the hot dry weather, on Wednesday.

One fire started by a discarded cigarette was extinguished this week in Stanley Park, said officials. Visitors to parks are asked to take extra caution, particularly in heavily forested areas, stay on trails and report and signs of smoke or fire by calling 911 ...

Council told to ban smoking in parks, playgrounds and beaches
Timmins Times - July 22, 2009

Timmins City Council has sparked up the fiery issue of whether smokers should be welcome in open-air public areas such as beaches and parks in the city.

The issue was re-ignited Monday night by the Whisper Out Loud Youth Alliance group, sponsored by the Porcupine Health Unit, which first approached council in February.

The young people presented council with a draft bylaw for consideration. The bylaw is styled after one in Collingwood, Ontario, where outdoor smoking is banned within 25 metres of most public playgrounds and gathering places.

Council has decided it will review the proposed bylaw, and then hold meetings in the fall where the public can voice its opinions on whether citizens in Timmins are ready to accept such a bylaw.

The bylaw proposes a smoking ban within 25 metres of any playground or playground equipment and within 15 metres of any recreational field. ...

City staff to look at apt. buildings
North Shore News - Benjamin Alldritt - July 10, 2009

A North Vancouver man is asking council to consider a city-wide ban on smoking in multi-family buildings.

Sean Soper, a teacher, told council on Monday that in both his first rental apartment and the condominium he eventually bought in central Lonsdale, he "was constantly bombarded by second-hand smoke on a daily basis. Being an active individual who cares about his health it was hard for me to deal with that," he said. ...

Factors Associated With the Adoption of a Smoking Ban in Quebec Households.
Ouedraogo, E.; Turcotte, F.; Ashley, M.J.; Brewster, J.M.; Ferrence, R.
Chronic Diseases in Canada. 2009, 29(3): 128-135.

Langley driver gets BC's first ticket for smoking with child in car - June 24, 2009

RCMP have handed out B.C.'s first ticket to a driver for lighting up with a child in his car.

Police pulled over the man at a roadblock in Langley on Sunday while he was smoking with a 13-year-old in the car.

The driver was slapped with a ticket for $109, as well as a 24-hour suspension for driving under the influence of alcohol. His name was not released by police, and it is not clear if he was eventually charged for drinking and driving. ...

Council butts out, this time
Hamilton (Ont) Spectator (ca), 2009-06-23
Nicole Macintyre The Hamilton Spectator

City councillors are butting out of the contentious issue of banning smoking in public housing.

They voted against taking a position yesterday, instead referring the issue to CityHousing's independent board for consideration.

"The devil is in the details," said Councillor Chad Collins, adding it's difficult for the city to take a position when it doesn't know how the restrictions would be implemented.

"There's still a lot of work to be done. I see this as the start of the process."

Public health staff had recommended the Board of Health, which includes all councillors, endorse a smoking ban for all new housing properties and some existing units as they turn over. The position would then be forwarded to the CityHousing's board to be considered for a formal policy. ...

Township toughening smoking bylaw
Stayner Sun - June 16, 2009

Clearview Township council has instructed staff to draft an amendment to the Smoke Free Public Places Bylaw that will prohibit smoking at sports playing fields, children’s playgrounds and entrances to public buildings.

The amendment would also make it illegal to smoke within nine metres of any such places.

If approved later this summer, the amendment would also ban smoking at any municipal park where entertainment is presented.

The Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit requested the amendment to Clearview’s bylaw at last Monday night’s council meeting. ...

Article 4 petitions MP to change smoking rules
The Barrie Examiner - June 1, 2009

A group of local youths are doing what they can to change the rules when it comes to tobacco marketing schemes.

Article 4, a group of Barrie anti-tobacco youth advocates with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, handed Barrie MP Patrick Brown a petition last Friday. The group has been collecting signatures since March for their Change the Rules campaign.

"(Tobacco) marketing is trying to appeal to youth," said Kara Thomson-Ryczko, a health unit representative. "The products have really nice names like 'Berry Cherry' to attract kids."

Brown promised to register the petition and present it to the House of Commons.

Article 4 was created in December 2005 when a Ministry of Health Promotion gave health units in Ontario funding for a Youth Action Alliance. ...

Workplace smoking ban on deck in Sask. - May 27, 2009

REGINA — Tobacco-control advocates are hoping the workplace smoking ban in Saskatchewan, which takes effect Sunday, will reduce smoking rates in this province.

For three years running Saskatchewan has had the highest smoking rates in the country and the highest youth smoking rate, said Donna Pasiechnik, the Canadian Cancer Society Saskatchewan's tobacco control co-ordinator. ...

Quebec is considering a law banning smoking in vehicles with a minor present
Canadian Press, 2009-05-24

Health Minister Yves Bolduc supports a proposal put forward during a provincial Liberal council meeting in Montreal this past weekend.

He brushed off concerns that the eventual legislation could be criticized for trampling on individual rights.

He says lighting up is a choice but inhaling second-hand smoke often isn't. ...

Smoking ban takes effect July 1
The Barrie Examiner - May 13, 2009

Smokers won't be lighting up Barrie's waterfront on Canada Day.

Or at least not legally.

Effective July 1, smoking is banned at city parks, playgrounds, sports fields, spectator areas and near recreation centres.

Designated city parking lots will be exempt from the ban.

Smoking is already banned indoors in public places and workplaces in Barrie, as it is across Ontario. ...

Quebec may ban smoking in cars with children present - April 14, 2009

MONTREAL - The Quebec government is considering banning smoking in cars when children under age 16 are present, an aide to Quebec Health Minister Yves Bolduc says.

Marie-Eve Bedard said Tuesday that Bolduc is ``particularly favourable'' to such a measure, which wouldn't take effect until May 2010, by which time the current anti-tobacco law is to have been reviewed and updated.

Bolduc is meeting with public health officials this week to review the anti- tobacco law and its application before deciding what new measures might be added, she said.

``This is a tool that is being used in other provinces,'' she said. ``It's a question of seeing how this would be applied, since the car is considered a private space. It might require changes to legislation, but if we can improve the health of people we'll do it. That's the aim of the anti-tobacco law.''

New hospital smoking ban off to a hazy start in Regina - April 2, 2009

A smoking ban was supposed to take effect Wednesday at hospitals in Regina. (CBC)A smoking ban that was supposed to take effect Wednesday on all hospital ...

NB to ban smoking in cars with kids
The Northern Light - March 30, 2009

FREDERICTON - The provincial government is going to pass a law making it illegal to smoke in vehicles carrying children, the Times & Transcript has learned.

Health Minister Mike Murphy confirmed he will make an announcement this afternoon to outline legislation that would ban New Brunswickers from smoking in cars with children under the age of 16.

"Secondary smoke has been proven as a cause of illness amongst children and adults," said Murphy.

The ban will also promote public awareness of the dangers of smoking, said Murphy.

The provincial government doesn't plan to hire anyone to enforce the ban, he said, adding it's simply another ticketable offence that peace officers will oversee.

Butt out near playgrounds, city says
Owen Sound Sun Times - March 25, 2009

Smoking near playgrounds, soccer fields and baseball diamonds in Owen Sound is to be discouraged under a new city policy.

People who disobey a policy are not subject to a fine, which could apply if the city passed a bylaw. The intent is to curb smoking near children's play areas through education, rather than enforcement, said Coun. Jim McManaman, chairman of the city's recreation and parks advisory committee.

"It's worked well in other areas and we're hoping it will work well here as well," he said during Monday's city council meeting.

Fine introduced for second hand smoking in cars - March 18, 2009

The BC government has set $109, as the fine, for those caught smoking in vehicles with children under the age of 16.

That's the same as the province's booster seat fine and, failure to pay, will result in a refusal to issue, both a driver's licence and auto insurance.

The new regulations are set to go into effect on April 7th, which is World Health Day. Healthy Living and Sport Minister Mary Polak says, "Any level of second hand smoke has harmful effect on a child's health and, it's important for the government to help them get the best and healthiest start in life".

Council nixes smoking
The Barrie Examiner - March 10, 2009

This smoking ban would not apply to designated parking areas on city property or parking areas near Barrie recreation centres. "Second-hand smoke is ...

City ponders broader butt ban
The Barrie Examiner - March 9, 2009

Outdoors on city property could soon be off-limits to smokers.

Barrie councillors will consider a motion tonight to ban tobacco use outdoors on all city-owned land, such as parks, playgrounds and sports fields, and near recreation centres.

Signs would be posted and the fine for lighting up could be $100.

Coun. Andrew Prince asked in September 2007 to prohibit smoking within nine metres of city facilities with programming for children.

That notion evolved into an outdoor ban, and Prince doesn't see any problems with enforcement.

Crary Park smoking ban eyed
Peterborough Examiner, Canada - February 25, 2009

The city arenas, parks and recreation advisory committee endorsed a plan last night to create a no smoking bylaw that would cover the spectator and audience ...

Smoking meeting set for Wednesday
Thunder Bay's Source, Canada - February 24, 2009

The public consultation session will give residents a chance to express their opinions on extending the existing law to include a ban on tobacco use in ...

Woman Charged For Smoking In Car With Kids
CKCO, Canada - February 4, 2009

A woman is facing charges under the new no-smoking-with-kids-in-the car law.

OPP officers say the 29 year old Sarnia-area woman was smoking with five young children in the vehicle.

Smoking Banned At Toronto Playgrounds
CityNews, Canada - January 28, 2009

Parents will soon have more ammunition in their battle make their children's environment smoke-free.

In response to a staff report that found being close to smokers outdoors could be as dangerous as in confined spaces, Toronto city councillors voted Tuesday night to prohibit smoking anywhere within nine metres of a city playground, splash pad or wading pool. The ban also includes Riverdale Farm and High Park Zoo.

City looks at smoke free rec facilities
Bayshore Broadcasting News Centre, Canada - January 27, 2009

Owen Sound residents may have to butt out at recreational facilities.

The city's recreation and parks committee will create a policy that bans people from smoking near playgrounds, baseball diamonds and other recreational spaces.

Chair Tom Pink says having smoke free sporting events will hopefully stop kids from picking up the habit.

If the policy is approved, parks and sports fields will have signs asking people to smoke away from spectators and players.

The committee discussed banning smoking in the entranceways of the Bayshore Community Centre, and other arenas.

Smoke-free public places OK, poll finds, Canada - January 22, 2009

Most Nova Scotians support a ban on smoking in outdoor public spaces such as bus stops, says a poll commissioned by the Canadian Cancer Society.

Canadian Cancer Society calls for bus stop butt ban
Metro Canada - Halifax, Canada - January 20, 2009

Smokers shouldn’t be able to light up at the bus stop, says the Canadian Cancer Society — and they say most of us agree.

A poll done by Corporate Research Associates for the society suggests 82 per cent of people in the Halifax area, and 76 per cent of Nova Scotians, would support a bylaw banning smoking near bus stops.

Maureen Summers, head of the society’s Nova Scotia division, says smoking kills more than 1,700 Nova Scotians per year, and drives 21 per cent of the province’s deaths.

In a news release, Summers said banning smoking in high-traffic outdoor areas would help discourage kids and teens from taking up the habit.

Ont. ban on smoking in cars with kids takes effect, Canada - January 20, 2009

A new Ontario law comes into effect Wednesday that makes it illegal to smoke in a motor vehicle in the presence of a child under age 16.

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act applies to drivers and passengers and to both moving and stationary vehicle, regardless of whether windows, sunroofs or doors are open.

The Ministry of Health says violations carry fines of up to $250 and will be enforced by police.

"This new law will protect children and youth, who are more vulnerable to the effects of second-hand smoke," said Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, medical officer of health for the City of Hamilton.

Officials ready for smoking ban
Owen Sound Sun Times, Canada - January 15, 2009

A law banning people from smoking in vehicles when there's a child inside comes into effect Jan. 21 and local police intend to enforce it.

The provincial legislation, which carries a fine of $250, is being hailed as a victory by health protection workers and parents trying to protect children from the second-hand smoke.

Owen Sound police Insp. Vince Wurfel said city officers have been educated about the new law and fine structure.

"We're serious about enforcing all infractions and when we see an infraction, we'll enforce it," he said Wednesday.

Const. Steve Starr, media relations officer with Grey County OPP, said police will have the power to pull over drivers who are smoking in a car while a child is inside. Most fines, however, will likely be laid as officers are investigating another traffic infraction.

The new legislation, an amendment to the Smoke Free Ontario Act, bans anyone from smoking or having a lit tobacco product in a vehicle when a person under the age of 16 is also inside. The law is enforceable whether windows are up or down or whether the vehicle is in motion or parked.

Alberta passes one of the strongest tobacco control laws in Canada
Canada Newswire (CNW) (ca), 2007-11-14

Today the Legislative Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favour of Bill 45-the Tobacco Reduction Act. The bill represents one of the strongest tobacco control laws in Canada. Only three other provinces-Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia-have passed similar legislation in recent years.

The Tobacco Reduction Act will stop tobacco companies from targeting youth in retail stores, will protect non-smokers from second-hand smoke in almost all workplaces, and it will require pharmacies to honour their code of ethics by ending tobacco sales in drugstores. A ban on tobacco sales will also apply to all healthcare facilities and post-secondary institutions in Alberta. Beginning on January 1, Albertans can expect to see almost all workplaces and public establishments become completely smoke-free.

Smoking Bans: Influence on Smoking Prevalence
Shields, M.
Health Reports. August 2007, 18(3): 9-24

This study found that "Smokers [in Canada] who reported newly smoke-free homes or workplaces were more likely to quit over the next two years, compared with those who did not encounter such restrictions at home or at work."

Smoking bans: Influence on smoking prevalence
Statistics Canada

This article reports trends in smoking prevalence and smoking restrictions in Canada since 2000, and examines associations between home and workplacerestrictions and smoking cessation. Data are from the Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey and the longitudinal component of the National Population Health Survey. Trends in smoking prevalence and smoking restrictions were calculated. Associations between home and workplace smoking restrictions and smoking cessation were examined in the context of the Transtheoretical Model, which proposes that smokers go through five distinct stages in attempting to quit. The likelihood of current and former smokers being at specific stages was studied in relation to smoking restrictions at home and at work. Longitudinal data were used to determine if home and workplace smoking restrictions were predictors of quitting over a two-year period. Since 2000, Canadians smokers have faced a growing number of restrictions on where they can smoke. Bans at home and at work were associated with a reduced likelihood of being in the initial "stages of change," and an increased likelihood of being in the latter stages. Smokers who reported newly smoke-free homes or workplaces were more likely to quit over the next two years, compared with those who did not encounter such restrictions at home or at work.

AFL Joins Campaign for Province-Wide Smoking Ban
Worker Safety at Risk from Second-hand Smoke

EDMONTON, April 18 /CNW/ - The AFL joined with Action
on Smoking and Health, Alberta Cancer Board and the Alberta Chamber of Commerce today to launch a campaign to urge the Alberta government to implement a province-wide smoking ban in all workplaces.

"For us smoking in the workplace is an occupational health and safety
issue," says AFL President Gil McGowan. "Forcing workers in
restaurants, bars and casinos to be exposed to high levels of second-hand smoke runs counter to basic health and safety practice."

"Tobacco smoke contains over 50 known carcinogens, including benzene, formaldehyde, cadmium and lead," observes McGowan. "If workers in bars were being exposed to coal dust at the levels they inhale second-hand smoke, the government would have put a stop to it. Had bingo workers been exposed to asbestos at these levels, the government would have cracked down."

"They need to act now to eliminate exposure to tobacco smoke."

McGowan points out that food and beverage workers have three to six times more exposure to second hand smoke than other workers. As a result, non-smoking workers in the food service industry have a 50% greater risk of cancer than other non-smokers. "This is why we must act," urges McGowan.

"We will be mobilizing our members to contact their MLA in the next few weeks demanding a province-wide smoking ban," says McGowan. "We are one of only two provinces without one. Let's hope we don't end up being the last province without a complete ban."

Belleville - Board of health glad to see a smoke-free Ontario
by Kate Everson
Stirling (Ontario) Community Press (ca), 2006-06-27

Quebec says smoking ban won't lead to economic disaster
CBC News (ca), 2006-05-30

The smoking ban that takes effect at midnight Tuesday will help the economy, and not be the kick in the cash register bar owners fear, Quebec's health minister insists.

Smokefree Travel

Here are some of the smokefree cities in Canada. Visit Canada's tourism site for travel information.

British Columbia
Restaurants and bars have smoking rooms.

Manitoba (Winnepeg)
All restaurants and bars must be 100% smokefree.

New Brunswick
All restaurants and bars must be 100% smokefree.

All restaurants and bars must be 100% smokefree.

Northwest Territories
All restaurants and bars must be 100% smokefree.

No smokefree protection in restaurants and bars.

All restaurants and bars must be 100% smokefree (as of 1/1/05).
Smokefree Ads

Sault Ste. Marie special 8-page newspaper section for implementation of smokefree law.