Ottawa Public Health and bylaw officials want to ban all smoking on public beaches, parks, outdoor patios and terraces and any other municipal properties, viewing the report released on Monday.
There were three specific recommendations made. They are:
• Increase in termination of services and programs for all residents.
• Expanding Ottawa’s smoke-free regulations to make all municipal properties, including parks and beaches, and bar and restaurant patios smoke-free.
• Implementing public education campaigns and a community engagement strategy to decrease the number of youth who start smoking.
Public health officials came to these conclusions after holding five separate public consultations over three months looking for feedback, which wrapped up 10 days ago.
They said that strong public support, and links 2011 Ipsos Reid poll, 77% of respondents supported smoking parks and playgrounds and municipal property and smoking is 73% support the smoking patio.
Report on smoking bylaw expansion rules out patio curfews
Report of Dr. Isra Levy, Chief Medical Officer of Health, the decision of officials and countries. Diane Holmes, chairman of the Ottawa Health, also explained why the patio of the curfew will not work. This idea was proposed in the past.
“Designated smoking areas and patio curfews are not recommended due to enforcement complexities, the health hazard of second-hand smoke and the risk of negative role modeling to children, especially in areas where they play,” the report read.
The ban would not extend to roads and sidewalks, however.
Dr. Levy said the recommendations are aimed at protecting children and non-smokers from second hand smoke.
“We’re doing this because second-hand smoke is a health hazard,” said Levy.
“We know that this can be as toxic outdoors as indoors, and, unfortunately, each year, about a thousand people in Ottawa are dying from tobacco-related diseases. We also know that the smoke out of work regulation. There is a strong correlation between smoking regulation and reduce the incidence of smoking and reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, as well as an increase in attempts to quit smoking, “he said.
15% of Ottawa residents smoke
The purpose of this statute is to prevent dangers of passive smoking and reducing the number of smokers in Ottawa, that almost 15% of the population, or about 105 thousand people.
Smoking rate has leveled off since 2005 after declining continuously in recent years.
They will present their recommendations to the Board of Health on 6 February before going to the community and protective services committee on 15 February. If it passes committee, the City Council will consider proposals on 22 February.
Two Ottawa East advisers, Stephen Blais and Bob Monette, have publicly debated a strict ban on smoking.