Effective Jan. 1, 2017, smoking and vaping will no longer be allowed on the grounds of worksites, including parking lots, owned or operated by the Region of Peel. The policy applies to all Regional employees (including contractors and vendors), volunteers and visitors.
This change will protect Regional employees and visitors from exposure to second-hand-smoke, support those trying to quit smoking, and de-normalize tobacco use. It helps advance the Region of Peel's Term of Council priority to Promote Healthy and Age-friendly Built Environments.
We thank our staff and visitors for respecting our smoke-free environment. If you are thinking about quitting smoking, visit smokefree-peelregion.ca for tips, information and resources.
Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable disease in Canada. The Region of Peel remains committed to reducing tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke. Peel Public Health has been active in tobacco control in recent years by making Living Tobacco-Free a strategic program priority. Actions have included:
- developing the Peel waterpipe by-law;
- conducting research on young adult males' smoking behaviours to inform effective interventions;
- advocating to reduce young people's exposure to onscreen tobacco use;
- supporting local workplaces in developing smoke-free grounds policies; and
- amending the Region of Peel's corporate Smoking in the Workplace policy to provide 100 per cent smoke-free grounds.