City of New Westminster eyes smoking ban in outdoor public areas
The City of New Westminster is looking into whether to ban smoking in parks, playgrounds, fields, and other outdoor areas.
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 restaurant and pub patios.
The regulations would also see a 7.5-metre smoke-free zone established around the doors, windows and air intakes of public buildings and workplaces.
Under the city’s existing smoking control bylaw, anyone convicted of violating the rules can face a fine of up to $2,000.
In a letter dated December 2011, the Fraser Health Authority recommended the city introduce the tougher restrictions. Other municipalities including Vancouver, Surrey, and White Rock have already introduced more strict rules on smoking in outdoor places.
Council is scheduled to consider the potential bylaw changes during a meeting on Monday (March 4).