Presentation on theme: "1 Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law Overview for Staff."— Presentation transcript:
1 Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law Overview for Staff
2 As of September 2, 2013, the Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law makes it illegal for anyone to smoke outdoors in three areas:
3 It is illegal to smoke: within a playground area OR within a nine metre radius of the perimeter of a playground area, including the surrounding safety surface (e.g., swings, slides, climbing apparatuses, skateboard ramps) 1. Playground Areas
4 It is illegal to smoke: within a sports/activity area OR within a nine metre radius of the perimeter of a sports/activity area (e.g., swimming pool, splash pad, soccer field, tennis courts, spectator seating area) 2. Sports/Activity Areas
5 It is illegal to smoke: within a nine metre radius of the entrances and exits of municipal buildings (e.g., offices, community centres, ambulance stations, police stations, fire halls, public transit facilities and Peel Living multi-residential buildings with common entrances). 3. Entrances/Exits of Municipal Buildings
6 The purpose of Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law is to protect staff and the public, specifically children, from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke. Why is there a by-law?
7 Second-hand Smoke There is no safe level of exposure to second- hand smoke. Second-hand smoke is what smokers exhale and what rises from lit tobacco. Smoke from lit cigarettes, cigars and pipes contain thousands of chemicals, many of which are toxic and cause cancer.
8 Second-hand Smoke and Children Second-hand smoke is most harmful to children because their lungs are smaller and they breathe more quickly than adults. Children exposed to second-hand smoke are more likely to develop asthma, ear infections, bronchitis and pneumonia.
9 Smoke-Free Ontario Act The Smoke-Free Ontario Act already prohibits smoking in some outdoor areas and holding/smoking of lit tobacco in enclosed public places/workplaces. However, the Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law goes beyond the current scope of the Smoke- Free Ontario Act.
10 Enforcement Enforcement staff from each municipality and the Region of Peel can give tickets and fines to people who break the law. The fine for breaking the law can be from $250 to $5,000.
11 Enforcement Signs These enforcement signs will be posted in some areas in Peel:
12 For support in quitting smoking: See your benefits plan Contact Smokers' Helpline: 1-877-513-5333 or SmokersHelpline.ca SmokersHelpline.ca Speak to your health care professional (e.g., doctor, pharmacist)
13 For more information: Visit SmokeFreePeelRegion.caSmokeFreePeelRegion.ca Call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700
14 On behalf of Peel Public Health, thank you for your support!