(Brampton) - The Region of Peel will encourage the municipalities of Oakville,
Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills to enact more health protective by-laws
to restrict smoking in public places. Regional Council's resolution is intended
to emphasize the need to create a level playing field for business on the
issue of smoking, within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
"Research conducted in municipalities which have already enacted health
protective by-laws to restrict smoking, indicates that direct and indirect
costs associated with tobacco regulation are minimal," said Dr. David
McKeown, Medical Officer of Health. "Businesses throughout the GTA
have told us they want a level playing field in smoking regulation."
Within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the Region of Peel, the municipalities
of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, as well as York Region and Toronto
have joined forces to promote and enact similar smoke-free by-laws. Peel
Regional Council would like to see Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton
Hills join in and enact similar, smoke-free requirements.
"Owners of restaurants in my Ward have anticipated the changes to
the smoke-free by-law, and most have no problem with them," said Regional
Councillor, Katie Mahoney. "The concern is that inconsistent tobacco
control could have a negative economic effect on businesses, specifically
restaurants, which border onto Oakville."
Regional Council's resolution will be forwarded to the municipalities of
Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Halton Hills and the Region of Halton. For
more information on smoke-free by-laws in Peel, visit our Web site www.smokefree-peelregion.ca.