BRAMPTON, ON (Jan. 14, 2016) - In recognition of National Non-Smoking Week (Jan. 17 to 23), Peel Public Health reminds all residents of current smoking restrictions that help protect the health of residents in our Region.
The Smoke-Free Ontario Act prohibits anyone from smoking or holding lighted tobacco in various places, including the following:
- Enclosed workplaces, including workplace vehicles (e.g., office buildings, trailer offices on a construction site, loading docks, delivery trucks)
- Enclosed public places (e.g., shopping malls; common areas of apartment buildings and condominiums; bingo and billiard halls)
- Restaurant and bar patios
- Within 20 metres of playground areas and outdoor sporting areas (e.g., splash pads, soccer fields, skating rinks)
- School property
- In vehicles when children under 16 are present
- Reserved seating areas of sports arenas and entertainment venues
The Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law additionally prohibits smoking within nine metres of the entrances and exits to municipally-owned and occupied buildings in Peel Region, such as community centres and public libraries.
"Smoking remains the leading preventable cause of death in Canada and Peel Region, and has long been linked to heart disease, stroke, chronic lung disease and cancer - most notably lung cancer," says Dr. Lawrence Loh, Region of Peel Associate Medical Officer of Health. "These health risks apply both to smokers and individuals exposed to second-hand smoke."
In Peel, 11 per cent of residents (aged 12+) are current smokers. The highest smoking prevalence is seen in males aged 19 to 59. Despite prohibitions against smoking in workplaces, 11 per cent or 113,500 adults report being exposed to second-hand smoke at work, and 15,500 report being exposed to second-hand smoke inside workplace vehicles.
"While Peel Public Health is responsible for enforcing smoking restrictions, we rely on residents to play their part by reporting non-compliance with smoking restrictions," says Dr. Loh. "Working together, we can protect the health of our community by reducing the harms of tobacco smoking and second-hand smoke throughout the Region."
To report smoking in prohibited areas or to learn more about smoking restrictions, please visit peelregion.ca/health or call 905-799-7700. Anyone found smoking or holding lighted tobacco in a prohibited area may be subject to a fine of up to $5000.
For support to quit smoking, contact the Smokers’ Helpline at 1-877-513-5333 or visit www.smokershelpline.ca/
National Non-Smoking Week was established in 1977 by the Canadian Council for Tobacco Control to educate Canadians about the dangers of smoking; to prevent people from beginning to smoke; to help people quit smoking; to promote the right of individuals to breathe air unpolluted by tobacco smoke; to denormalize the tobacco industry, tobacco industry marketing practices, tobacco products and tobacco use; and to assist in the attainment of a smoke-free society in Canada.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than 1.3 million people and approximately 88,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the town of Caledon. For more information, call the Region of Peel at 905-799-7700 or visit peelregion.ca.