(Brampton) - Today's introduction of Smoke-Free Bylaws in the Cities of
Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon marks a major milestone
in the efforts to make Peel region one of the healthiest communities in
Canada. Similar health-focused by-laws have also been introduced in the
City of Toronto and York Region.
"The coordinated Smoke-Free By-laws in Peel, Toronto and York bring
a new standard in health protection to the residents of the GTA," stated
Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel. "These
by-laws will help protect our children from second-hand smoke, which has
been shown to increase their risk of respiratory illness, chronic ear infections
and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)."
Under the new by-laws, all restaurants, banquet halls, food courts and
the food areas in recreational facilities in the Region of Peel must now
be smoke-free or provide an enclosed, separately ventilated smoking room.
No person under the age of 19 will be permitted in a bar or tavern in the
"Research has proven that smoke-free public places not only reduce
exposure to second-hand smoke, but also discourage young people from starting
to smoke and support smokers who want to quit," continued Dr. McKeown.
The next stage of the by-laws in Peel will be implemented on June 1, 2004.
On this date, billiard and bingo halls, casinos, bars, taverns and nightclubs
must be smoke-free or provide an enclosed, separately ventilated smoking
For more information on Smoke-Free By-laws in Peel region, visit www.smokefree-peelregion.ca
or call Health Line Peel at 905-799-7700.