Kids protected by Oakville’s No-Smoking By-Law

Photo credit: Xurble / Foter.com / CC BY

Photo credit: Xurble / Foter.com / CC BY

Updated by-law enforces nine-metre no smoking buffer around outdoor areas where kids play

Take a breath of fresh air! Following the passing of Parks By-law 2013-013, residents can expect to see additional “No Smoking” signage in town parks and outdoor recreation areas over the coming weeks as part of Oakville’s public awareness campaign to remind smokers to “butt out” where kids play.

The updated by-law was developed in response to a Council approved motion brought forward in July 2012 to ban smoking within nine metres of all town-owned playgrounds, splash pads, tennis courts, basketball courts, skateboard parks and playing fields.

“Our by-law further strengthens no-smoking legislation by including outdoor recreational areas. Smoke-free outdoor spaces create safer and healthier communities,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “It’s our collective responsibility to protect our kids from being exposed to second-hand smoke.”

According to the Canadian Lung Association, children exposed to second-hand smoke are at higher risk of breathing issues and other health-related problems. Banning smoking in areas where kids play significantly reduces their risk of exposure to second-hand smoke.

“Oakville is proud to join more than 70 other Ontario municipalities that have passed local by-laws to prohibit or restrict smoking in and around public areas,” said Chris Mark, director of Parks and Open Space. “Change starts at the grassroots level. Residents need to help enforce our no smoking by-laws.”

The maximum fine for not complying with the town’s new by-law is $5,000.

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