Expect Smoking and Vaping Bylaw to Return
Prince George, B.C. – Now that the Province has announced September 1st will see e-cigarettes and vaping under the same rules and regulations as tobacco products, (see previous story) a proposed bylaw in Prince George will likely reappear in the coming days.
The proposed bylaw first appeared in August of last year, and called for smoking and vaping to be banned in a number of areas:
- customer service areas, such as patios , balconies, or sidewalks that are connected to a place that serves food or alcohol
- bus shelters
- parks and open space areas
- places of public assembly
- City owned outdoor sports facilities
- taxis, limos or other vehicles for hire
- buildings owned by the City of Prince George
As 250News reported last August, the City’s playgrounds and parks are already designated “Tobacco Free Zones” but the designation doesn’t carry an penalties for those in violation of the rules.
The bylaw that was proposed last summer, would also ban smoking and vaping (e-cigarettes hookahs etc) from within 9 metres of any opening to any building, bus shelter or taxi stand and prohibits smoking or vaping within 25 metres of any outdoor sport facility or playground.
There has been extensive consultation on the proposed bylaw, and it was expected it would be back before Council early this year for consideration. Now that the Province has added e-cigarettes to its Tobacco and Vaping Control Act, the proposed bylaw may be tweaked a little to reflect the Provincial regulations before being presented to Council.