CRD Clean Air Bylaw taking effect April 1

A new bylaw will introduce stricter regulations on smoking in certain areas of Vancouver Island.

  • Apr. 1, 2015 6:00 a.m.

A new bylaw will be implemented on April 1 that makes all parks, playgrounds, playing fields, public squares and bus stops smoke-free.

It also extends the smoke-free buffer zone outside of doorways, windows and air intakes from three metres to a total distance of seven metres.

Regional and Community Parks are included but Provincial and Federal Parks are not included. Beaches  below the high tide mark are not subject to the bylaw and the restriction is for tobacco and does not include e-cigarettes or marijuana.

Travellers, surfers and campers will still be able to partake in smoking various substances  around the campfire outside of CRD Parks and on the wind swept beaches of the Juan de Fuca, Sooke  and Port Renfrew.

CRD says the purpose of the bylaw is to raise awareness about the risks of second-hand smoke.

UPDATED 04/01/15 — The Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) will be enforcing and monitoring the new bylaw.

 

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