Results are in from a recent public survey on smoking in Fort Saskatchewan.
The city launched the survey in mid-July, collecting 1,112 responses from residents willing to share their thoughts on what kinds of smoking rules they would like to see in Fort Saskatchewan. City staff used the information as they prepared a draft of a new smoking bylaw that will be presented at an upcoming council meeting.
City staff and council have been working months to prepare the bylaw ahead of October 17’s federal cannabis legislation.
According to the survey results, 78 per cent of respondents supported restricting all types of smoking in places the Alberta government has prohibited the use of cannabis, including schools, hospitals, sports fields and playgrounds. 72 per cent wanted to see a larger air buffer near doorways, windows and fresh air intakes, up to 10 metres from the provincial standard of 5 metres.
When it came to where the various types of smoking – cannabis, tobacco and vaping – should be allowed, most respondents wanted to see smoking prohibited at most of the locations listed on the survey. Fewer than half of respondents were in favour of banning smoking on private property and campgrounds.
Among the sites where most people supported banning all types of smoking were farmer’s markets, bus stops, community events and most parks. A smaller majority wanted all types of smoking prohibited at dog parks, properties surrounding sports venues and city facilities, and events requiring special permits.
City council will give first reading to the new smoking bylaw on Tuesday (Aug.28).