For Immediate Release
May 10, 2001
Dr. David McKeown
Medical Officer of Health
Region of Peel
905 791-7800, Ext. 2215
REGIONAL COUNCIL CONSIDERS EARLIER INTRODUCTION OF SMOKE-FREE BY-LAW FOR BILLIARD AND BINGO HALLS, CASINOS, BARS, TAVERNS AND NIGHTCLUBS
(Brampton) - Regional Council today reaffirmed its commitment to smoke-free public places with a resolution to look at the feasibility of moving the June 1, 2004 Smoke-Free By-law implementation date for billiard and bingo halls, casinos, bars, taverns and nightclubs to January 1, 2002 or June 1, 2002. Council also vowed to lobby the Province for an Ontario-wide policy on smoke-free public places.
The resolution came after a long debate that centred on the difficulties in creating a level playing field for all affected businesses. Currently, all restaurants, dinner theatres, banquet halls and food courts in the Cities of Brampton, Mississauga and Toronto, the Town of Caledon, and the Regional Municipality of York must be smoke-free or provide a separately ventilated smoking room by June 1, 2001. As of this date, no person under the age of 19 will be permitted in a bar or tavern in these same areas.
The resolution calls for the Peel Smoke-Free By-law Committee to consult with the City of Toronto and the regions of York and Halton to review GTA-wide by-law implementation dates.
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