Township council approved a recommendation from administration for a new bylaw to replace three older bylaws that deal with smoking in public.
The new bylaw will deal with public smoking of both tobacco and marijuana, and also deal with public use of vaping products. The bylaw will restrict public smoking and vaping in municipal facilities. No smoking or vaping is allowed inside a municipal building. Anyone who wishes to smoke or vape must do so outside, at a specified distance from any entrance to a municipal building.
The bylaw also follows many of the guidelines in the revised Ontario Smoke Free Act, which bans smoking and vaping within 20 metres of municipal recreational properties like arenas and children’s playgrounds. This will also apply under the new township bylaw.
No smoking or vaping signs will be posted at all municipal buildings and other facilities. Both the township bylaw department and the OPP will enforce the bylaw.