Now, smoking cannabis and vaping are also prohibited in areas where smoking tobacco is not allowed, including Market Square and all city parks.
STRATFORD - The City of Stratford has amended their smoking in public places by-law to include restrictions on smoking cannabis and vaping.
Now, smoking cannabis and vaping are also prohibited in areas where smoking tobacco is not allowed. This means that all forms of smoking and vaping will be prohibited in Market Square and all city parks.
Public Health Promoted Jaelyn Kloepfer says this helps to protect community members from exposure to second-hand smoke and vapour, beyond the protection offered from the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017.
"The by-law works to create a supportive environment for those who wish to quit smoking or are working at staying quit. It also promotes positive role modelling for our youth, as exposure to smoking and vaping can influence young people’s decisions on whether they will smoke or vape."
The health unit reminds the public that other areas where smoking and vaping are prohibited under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 include:
- Outdoor grounds of recreation facilities, and public areas within 20 metres of the grounds.
- Restaurant and bar patios, and public areas within 9 metres of a patio.