Regional Council enacted a By-law to regulate smoking in areas where children play outdoors and within nine metres of the perimeter of entrances and exits to municipal buildings and facilities.
In a report to Council, the Commissioner of Health Services and the Medical Officer of Health noted that support of tobacco-free living, with reduced prevalence of smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke is a Term of Council Priority and a program priority in the Peel Public Health 10-Year Strategic Plan. The current smoking rate in Peel is approximately 15 per cent overall, and the majority of Peel residents support restricting smoking where children play, around sports fields and spectator areas, and at entrances and exists to workplaces and public places.
The report recommended that a Regional by-law prohibiting smoking outdoors within nine meters of entrances and exists to municipal buildings and within nine metres of the perimeter of playground areas and outdoor recreational facilities, be enacted.
Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke continues to be a significant health issue and restricting a persons ability to smoke within a certain distance from municipal buildings, playground areas and outdoor recreational facilities is a logical next step in reducing exposure to second-hand smoke in public areas.
A copy of the report and the by-law will be forwarded to the three area municipalities in Peel to request consent, as required under the Municipal Act.
For more information about the effects of second-hand smoke, please visit: http://www.peelregion.ca/health/statusdata/HealthBehaviours/smoking-second-hand.asp