Council to Consider Smoking and Vaping Bylaw
Prince George, B.C. – It has been well over a year since Prince George City Council first considered developing a bylaw that would ban smoking and vaping from all civic properties, parks and sports fields.
This evening, a proposed bylaw will be presented.
The bylaw falls in line with recent Provincial legislation which calls for a buffer of 6 meters from doors, windows or intakes. That’s three meters less than what had originally been proposed by the City of Prince George., but the City is willing to reduce the buffer zone in order to fall in line with the Provincial rules which came into effect on Sept. 1st.
In a report to Council this evening, staff indicate the bylaw would require 456 signs to be created in order to be placed in all civic facilities, playgrounds sports fields and parks. The cost for the signage is estimated at $68,400.
Council will be asked to give the proposed bylaw first two readings, and set December 5th as the date for a public hearing. The time between now and then could be used to get the word out to the general public.