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Smoke-Free #YQG: New smoke-free spaces added to City of Windsor by-law

The City of Windsor has taken the first step toward creating a Smoke-Free #YQG (Windsor).

Windsor joins the Towns of Essex, Kingsville, Lakeshore, LaSalle, Leamington, and Tecumseh in passing municipal regulations to protect the health of their residents by reducing exposure to second-hand smoke and smoking behaviour in public spaces. As of November 22, 2016, City of Windsor By-Law #113-2006 has been amended to prohibit smoking on City of Windsor owned properties, including parks, beaches, conservation areas, marinas and recreation facilities, as well as any associated parking lots or walkways. Prohibited products include cigarettes, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes, hookah/water pipes and any other lighted or heated equipment used to smoke or vaporize any tobacco or non-tobacco product.

“No Smoking” signs will be installed at all affected City of Windsor properties to inform the public of areas where smoking is prohibited.  

“Windsor-Essex has always been on the forefront of tobacco control measures in Ontario,” says Eric Nadalin, Manager of the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention department at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.  “The municipalities of Windsor-Essex are presenting a unified front in their adoption of protective measures in excess of those offered by the Smoke-free Ontario Act, and while there is much more work to do, we are encouraged to see our region offering residents a strong level of protection from second-hand smoke and smoking behaviour.”

There are many benefits to smoke-free spaces, including: 
•    Reducing health risks of second-hand smoke
•    De-normalizing tobacco use
•    Creating a supportive environment for those looking to quit

“We’re very proud to partner with the Health Unit, and we fully support their efforts to help educate the community and enforce this newly updated by-law,” says the City of Windsor Community Development and Health Commissioner Jelena Payne.

Residents can help “Clear the Air We Share” and are encouraged to call, text, or email 311 if they notice a possible by-law violation. Tobacco Enforcement Officers from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will follow up on all reported violations. The by-law is also enforced by Police Officers, By-law Enforcement Officers or any other persons appointed by Council to enforce the by-laws of the municipality. Any person convicted of an offence under the by-law will be subject to a fine.

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