SIMCOE, ON FEBRUARY 15th, 2018 The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit (HNHU) would like to applaud the upcoming enactment of a Smoke-Free Outdoor Spaces bylaw in Norfolk County. The bylaw will help protect residents from second hand smoke above and beyond the baseline protection the Smoke-Free Ontario Act offers.
Starting May 1st, 2018, the by-law will:
- Prohibit smoking within a 9 meter radius of any entrance or exit of a municipally owned, operated, or leased building such as: county offices, libraries, community centres, museums, etc.
- Prohibit smoking on all municipally owned or operated recreation property including: arenas, beaches, parks, sports fields, skate board parks, pools, trails or paths.
Second-hand smoke causes many of the same diseases as direct smoking, including heart disease, lung cancer, and other respiratory diseases, such as asthma and emphysema. “Studies have shown that second-hand smoke exposure outdoors can be just as harmful as exposure indoors,” said Michelle Lyne, program manager of Community Health at the HNHU. “There is no safe level of second-hand smoke.”
The HNHU commends this legislation as it will help protect residents from the harms of second-hand smoke. “It will also reinforce positive role modelling for younger residents,” said Lyne.
Manager, Health Promotion
Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit
(519) 426-6170 ext. 3152