On July 10th, just three days back, the northern Alberta municipality with over 71,000 people has banned smoking and vaping of any kind, in any and all public areas.
FORT McMURRAY | As of Tuesday, July 10, 2018, a new bylaw has taken effect in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (which includes Fort McMurray, and other areas such as Fort Mackay, Fort Chipewyan and Conklin to name a few) that bans smoking and vaping of any kind, in any and all public areas.
Perhaps what is most surprising about this new bylaw is the fact that the ban includes the smoking of tobacco cigarettes.
This was done in an attempt to better regulate the upcoming cannabis-legalization that will be sweeping the entirety of Canada later this year; on October 17th.
Taken straight out of the bylaw papers themselves, it states that “No person shall smoke in any designated public place within the Municipality regardless of whether or not a ‘No Smoking’ sign is posted.”
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is hoping that with doing this, it has become a leader in providing change for the better when it comes to the removal of public smoking and vaping in Alberta, and hopes that other municipalities will follow.
Those caught not abiding by the brand new bylaw can receive a hefty fine of $250.
Interesting facts regarding smoking tobacco in Alberta:
- On the 1st day of 2008, it had become illegal to smoke in public spaces and workplaces. It had then also become law to hide tobacco products in retail stores in July of that same year.
- On the 1st day of 2009, cigarette sales in Alberta were banned in all stores containing a pharmacy, and post-secondary institutions.
- In 2015 a study was done that indicated that roughly 15.8% of Albertans smoke cigarettes.
This article was written by Jody Mitoma.