Things could get a little less smoky in Strathcona County.
The county has drafted smoking bylaw 18-2018 to prohibit smoking and vaping of any substance in public areas.
"Our municipality prides itself on our open outdoor spaces where people can enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Council is working to ensure that people, especially children are not unnecessarily exposed to health impacts or nuisance from smoke or vapours. Whether it is tobacco or any other substance while in public places," said mayor Rod Frank. "At the same time we are mindful of the need to be business friendly and to have a balanced perspective for all citizens."
The drafted bylaw bans smoking or vaping in public places (as set out in provincial legislation), outdoor events, markets operating under County approval, school properties, playgrounds, skateboard parks, skating rinks, sports fields, outdoor recreation facilities, swimming pools, spray parks, theatres and patios.
There could be exceptions for areas such as off-leash dog parks, golf courses, public sidewalks and hotel guest rooms that have already been dubbed as smoking rooms.
This bylaw would require a 10 metre non-smoking distance from areas such as playgrounds, spray parks, skate and bike parks, pools and other areas where children are present. This 10 metre distance applies to doors, windows and fresh air intake areas as well.
Right now, the provincial Tobacco and Smoking Reduction regulation only requires a five metre setback.
A public hearing will take place at 5:30 p.m. on May 8 prior to the draft bylaw being presented to council that night.
The drafted bylaw can be read here.

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