Vaping Bylaw One Step Closer to Reality
The Province already has restrictions in place when it comes to where people can vape or light up, but, the City has the authority to expand those regulations, and this new bylaw does just that.
The bylaw duplicates Provincial rules which ban smoking and vaping from:
- transit shelters
- within 6 metres of doorways, windows or air intakes
- hospital or health board property
- places of public assembly ( building or portion of such a building)
- vehicles for hire.
The new bylaw adds the following areas in Prince George where people are not to smoke or vape:
- within 6 metres of a transit sign post
- in an outdoor customer service area ( patio)
- playgrounds, public parks, sports fields, recreational areas, and trails held by the City
The key challenge whenever a bylaw is created, or changed, is enforcement. The City expects to enforce the regulations on a complaint basis. There would have to be a lot of signs erected in parks and recreation sites throughout the City.
Council has unanimously approved the final reading of the bylaw, but it will take a while for it to come into effect.
City staff will now start a major public education plan that will lead up to the implementation date of May 1st, 2017