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Smoking and Vaping Prohibited in Stratford Parks and Market Square


Friday, August 30, 2019

Stratford, ON –  Stratford’s Smoking in Public Places by-law has been amended to include new restrictions on smoking cannabis and vaping. Now, smoking cannabis and vaping are also prohibited in areas where smoking tobacco is prohibited.

New areas have also been added in the by-law. Smoking and vaping are now prohibited in Market Square and City of Stratford parks. This helps to protect community members from exposure to second-hand smoke and vapour, beyond the protection offered from the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017. The by-law enhances the quality and use of City property and helps to improve environmental conditions in and around City properties. The by-law covers other areas as well, such as 9 metres from an entrance or exit of a municipal building, including bus shelters.

“The by-law works to create a supportive environment for those who wish to quit smoking or are working at staying quit,” says Jaelyn Kloepfer, Public Health Promoter with the Perth District Health Unit. “It also promotes positive role modelling for our youth, as exposure to smoking and vaping can influence young people’s decisions on whether they will smoke or vape.”

Smoke-free and vape-free parks and community spaces (like Market Square) help to create a healthy environment for everyone to work, play, visit and live. The City is in the process of putting up new signage for parks and Market Square.

The health unit reminds the public that other areas where smoking and vaping are prohibited under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017 include:

  • Outdoor grounds of recreation facilities, and public areas within 20 metres of the grounds
  • Restaurant and bar patios, and public areas within 9 metres of a patio

To report complaints of violations of the by-law or Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017:

  • Call 519-271-7600 ext 730

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