February 10, 2011 - The City of Kelowna (K-Town) is doing its part to contribute to a smoke-free society. Neighbouring communities of West Kelowna and the Regional District of Central Okanagan have smoke-free parks and beaches. As well, hundreds of communities across Canada and around the world have embraced similar restrictions or bans on smoking in public outdoor spaces.
Effective February 1, 2011, Kelowna Parks’ smoke-free bylaw prohibits smoking in all Kelowna parks, including beaches, trails, playgrounds, sports fields and stadiums. People who refuse to comply with the new no-smoking policy could face a $100 fine.
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The bylaw ensures healthy, smoke-free air for park users, reduces risk of fires, reduces toxins in the soil and water, and reduces smoking-related litter.
By updating the Parks and Public Spaces Bylaw to make parks smoke-free, Kelowna joins a growing list of municipalities in British Columbia to eliminate or restrict smoking in parks and on beaches. Parks and beaches in neighbouring West Kelowna and the Regional District of Central Okanagan are also smoke-free.
The move is supported by the Interior Health Authority, Canadian Cancer Society (BC Yukon) and the majority of Kelowna residents.
Reference: Should there be more smoke free areas? by Castanet Staff - Story: 59597, 1/22/2011..