Smoke Free Parks
Vancouver has joined a long and growing list of cities and regions in North America and internationally that ban smoking in parks and on beaches. Vancouver’s ban takes effect September 1, 2010: after that smoking in all 224 parks will be prohibited.
The list of places impacted includes beaches, golf courses, playgrounds, sports fields, trails, seawall, business and attractions, and parking lots that are within the boundaries of a park.
This initiative is supported by Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services as well as a number of health-related agencies including Clean Air Coalition, Canadian Cancer Society (BC Yukon) and Vancouver Coastal Health
The Vancouver Park Board voted unanimously to make the city’s parks and beaches smoke-free for medical, environmental and safety reasons. In the past smoking has been banned in parks when the fire risk is high during hot, dry summers.
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