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For Immediate Release: 
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Smoking permitted only in designated area during Memorial Cup.

The City of Windsor and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit are committed to keeping our community as healthy and enjoyable as possible. With the Memorial Cup fast approaching, we want to ensure fans know that they can expect a smoke-free experience on WFCU Centre property in all locations outside of the designated smoking area. Our two organizations have been working together since the Bylaw came into effect to educate residents and visitors that all parks, arenas, recreation centres, beaches, and numerous other properties throughout the city are smoke-free. 

The Bylaw, passed in November of 2016, is jointly enforced by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s Tobacco Enforcement Officers, City of Windsor Bylaw Enforcement, and any other provincial offences officer designated to enforce municipal Bylaws. The city, Health Unit, and Memorial Cup staff and volunteers will be working together to educate attendees on the regulations and direct them to designated areas as needed.

Even with the number of visitors coming from out of town and the number of local attendees expected to attend this event, organizers do not expect any issues with fans violating the Bylaw. City of Windsor Corporate Leader for Parks, Recreation & Culture and Facilities, Jan Wilson expressed the importance of educating the public so that they are aware of all pertinent regulations in advance of the event, “We have been working with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit to educate residents about the smoking Bylaw since it passed in November. This event represents the first large-scale event in the spring and summer months and we feel that it is an important opportunity to put our best foot forward by educating residents and visitors on the progress we’ve made in protecting the health of our community.

Eric Nadalin, Manager of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at the Health Unit, also expressed the importance of getting the word out, “Public education is a critical tool to ensure compliance with these types of regulations. The City of Windsor took a great step forward in protecting the health of residents in passing this Bylaw and we look forward to continuing our work with them to ensure this event is safe and healthy for all who attend.

Residents, fans, and visitors interested in learning more about the spaces and products included in the smoking Bylaw are encouraged to visit the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit or City of Windsor websites.

Media Contact: 

Communications Department
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
519-258-2146 ext. 6397 (NEWS)
news@wechu.org

Jason Moore
Senior Manager of Communications and Customer Service
City of Windsor
Cell 519-551-9011