Prince George residents are invited to provide input and feedback on the draft bylaw proposed
to restrict smoking and vaping in a number of public places in the city.
“This draft bylaw is about promoting healthy lifestyle choices and improving the health of
residents—78 percent of whom are non-smokers,” said Mayor Lyn Hall, in a press release. “We want to ensure we get feedback on how the draft bylaw might best meet the needs of the community.”
A website is now available, which provides information about the proposed bylaw and a survey
where residents can give their feedback.
The draft bylaw includes additional restrictions to provincial smoking regulations in places such as public and workplace buildings, hospitality patios, parks, trails, playgrounds, playing fields, outdoor sports facilities, places of public assembly, and public transit shelters and posts. The bylaw would also include restrictions on “vaping” in public places.
Vaping involves the inhalation or exhalation of vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or a similar device used to deliver nicotine or other substances. Incense or other lighted smoking equipment used solely for ceremonial or religious purposes would be excluded from the bylaw.
The survey will be available online until Nov. 15. There will be a number of other opportunities to provide your opinion on the draft bylaw during the Talktober series of neighbourhood conversations. The survey can also be picked up at the service desk on the first floor of City