Smoke-free Parks and Playgrounds in Cardston

Smoke-free Parks and Playgrounds in Cardston

The trend towards restricting smoking in select outdoor areas is growing in Canada. Thirty-one municipalities in Canada have implemented some form of outdoor smoking regulation, including large cities like Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax.

Albertans support smoke-free parks and playgrounds. In 2007, the Alberta Tobacco Survey found that 61% of Albertans were exposed to second-hand smoke on sidewalks or in parks in the month prior to the survey. The same survey also found that 70% of Albertans support a ban on smoking in public parks and on beaches, and those numbers in support of a ban appear to be growing.

The province of Alberta passed the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act which has now been in effect since 2005. However, recent changes within this act prohibit smoking “in a vehicle in which a minor is present,” and “within a prescribed distance from a doorway, window or air intake of a public place or workplace.” The “prescribed distance” mentioned in this act is currently set at a minimum of 5 metres (16ft). Like many other municipalities in the province, the Town of Cardston also has a smoking bylaw (Bylaw #1626), which council signed into effect in October of last year, and will be educating the public on the specifics of which over the course of the next few months.

Lloyd Stewart – Community Peace Officer