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For Immediate Release:
May 22, 2003

Regional Council sets Date for end of Designated Smoking Rooms in Peel

(Brampton) - Regional Chair Emil Kolb commended Region of Peel Council today for its decision to pass the Regional Smoke-Free By-law that will eliminate designated smoking rooms (DSRs) in public places across Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga by June 1, 2010.

"Through their decision to move forward with a 2010 sunset date for DSRs, Peel Regional Council and the Smoke-Free By-law Committee have demonstrated their genuine commitment to working with our business community and supporting them through the difficult times they have had to face with tough economic conditions and impactive issues such as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome," said Peel Regional Chair Emil Kolb.

As of June 1, 2004, all public places in Peel will be 100 per cent smoke-free unless a DSR is installed which meets the By-law requirements for construction, size and ventilation. No person under the age of 19 will be allowed in a DSR at any time.

Under the new By-law, bars, restaurants, bingo halls, billiard halls, bowling alleys and adult entertainment establishments can install and operate a DSR until June 1, 2010 when Peel becomes completely smoke-free.

Workplaces will also be smoke free, with the exception of two premises in Brampton which will be regulated under City of Brampton By-laws.

The new Regional Smoke-Free By-law will come into effect when a majority of local municipal councils in Peel give their consent.

For more information, call Health Line Peel at 905-799-7700 or visit www.region.peel.on.ca.
Emil Kolb
Regional Chair
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 4309

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9 Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail



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