Thunder Bay – City Must Do Better To Lower Smoking Rates

City must do better to lower smoking rates

Fifteen years after Thunder Bay enacted its smoking bylaw and outlawed the habit in bars and restaurants, a leading anti-tobacco expert says the city needs to do more in order to drastically lower the region’s smoking rate.

Rob Cunningham, a senior policy analyst with the Canadian Cancer Society, said while the Canadian smoking rate currently stands at 16 per cent, Thunder Bay sits at 23 per cent and Northwestern Ontario as a whole is a point higher at 24 per cent.

The goal of the federal government is to slash the national rate to five per cent by 2035.

Cunningham, who delivered his message on Wednesday to a room full of health-care professionals at the Valhalla Inn, said the 2003 Thunder Bay bylaw was revolutionary in Ontario, the first to cut smoking from eating and drinking establishments, but it just doesn’t go far enough.

“Thunder Bay is behind some other municipalities in a couple of areas, in terms of outdoor smoking bylaws, which should include e-cigarettes, which should include cannabis, which should include other outdoor areas in terms of all local parks and a greater distance from doors, a total of nine metres instead of three,” Cunningham said. – Tbnewswatch

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“Thunder Bay is behind some other municipalities in a couple of areas, in terms of outdoor smoking bylaws, which should include e-cigarettes, which should include cannabis, which should include other outdoor areas in terms of all local parks and a greater distance from doors, a total of nine metres instead of three,”

Good luck with that. First enforce the three metre distance from the door. When you have smokers obeying that by-law, then you can start adding new ones.

You think people will stop smoking in parks because there is a by-law telling them to do that?  There is a by-law against letting your dogs run free off leash in parks yet I see people do that every day.  Cyclists on sidewalks?  Everyday.

Unless there is strict enforcement, then just forget about it.  Its a waste of time, and very frustrating for by-law abiding citizens.

PS – Get those smokers to stop tossing their butts on the ground.  THAT would be great!

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