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Smoke Free Parks

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Kelowna beaches and parks are now smoke-free.

Effective February 1, 2011, Kelowna Parks’ smoke-free bylaw prohibits smoking in all Kelowna parks, including beaches, trails, playgrounds, sports fields and stadiums.

Frequently Asked Questions


1. Why smoke-free parks
2. What do the bylaws say?
3. What areas does the bylaw cover?
4. Is smoking allowed anywhere?
5. How will people know to not smoke in parks?
6. How will the bylaw be enforced?
7. What should I do if I see someone smoking in a park?
8. Where can I find more information?

1. Why Smoke Free Parks?
The City of Kelowna is doing its part to contribute to a smoke-free society. Neighbouring communities of West Kelowna and the Regional District of Central Okanagan have smoke-free parks and beaches. As well, hundreds of communities across Canada and around the world have embraced similar restrictions or bans on smoking in public outdoor spaces.

Healthy living and care for the environment have driven the initiative. It is supported by the Interior Health Authority, the Canadian Cancer Society and the majority of Kelowna residents.

    Healthy living
    bullet.jpg Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in Canada
    bullet.jpg There is no safe level of second hand smoke. Harmful particles can be carried up to
       seven meters in outdoor settings
    bullet.jpg Infants and young children are particularly vulnerable to the health effects of second
       hand smoke
    bullet.jpg Smoking restrictions decrease negative role modeling for children. 
    bullet.jpg Smoking restrictions can increase the motivation for smokers to quit

    Care for the environment
    bullet.jpg Discarded smoking materials can lead to fire in parks
    bullet.jpg Toxins released by discarded smoking materials can seep into soil and water,
       affecting plant and animal life

    Public support
    bullet.jpg In a 2008 survey of British Columbia residents, the Canadian Cancer Society found
       that 75%of Kelowna residents support regulations to prohibit smoking at parks and
       playgrounds.

2. What do the bylaws say?

The two bylaws regulating smoke-free parks and enforcement are as follows:
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Parks & Public Spaces Bylaw 
    bullet.jpg City of Kelowna
Ticket Information Utilization Bylaw

3. What areas does the bylaw cover?

All areas within City of Kelowna park boundaries including: access roads, parking lots, pathways, linear parks, beaches, and buildings.

 

4. Is smoking allowed anywhere?

There is currently no restriction to smoking on City of Kelowna streets or sidewalks, provided it is not within a recreation or park boundary, or within a minimum of three meters of doorways, windows or air intakes as outlined in the British Columbia Tobacco Control Act.

5. How will people know to not smoke in parks?

The City of Kelowna is focusing on voluntary bylaw compliance through education. 
    bullet.jpg Public education: 
    bullet.jpg Park Ambassadors (summer months)
    bullet.jpg City of Kelowna website
    bullet.jpg Media
    bullet.jpg Park & Beach initiatives
    bullet.jpg Community partners: Tourism Kelowna, Downtown Kelowna Association 
    bullet.jpg Limited signage when available
    bullet.jpg Bylaw enforcement officers

6. How will the bylaw be enforced?
Kelowna Parks Services will focus on voluntary compliance through education. Due to the size and nature of Kelowna’s park system (approximately 200 parks covering 900 hectares), signage may not be available, but the bylaw is still in effect. Where enforcement is required, City of Kelowna bylaw enforcement officers have the authority to issue tickets to offenders. The maximum fine for smoking in a park or other regulated outdoor space is $100.

7. What should I do if I see someone smoking in a park?
Any person using a park or beach who sees individuals smoking within park boundaries may inform them politely that a Kelowna bylaw forbids smoking in public parks. You may also report a violation by phoning Kelowna Bylaw Enforcement at 250-469-8686.

8. Where can I find more information?

For more information, visit any one of these external links:
        bullet.jpg Province of British Columbia, smoke-free legislation 
            bullet.jpg Tobacco Control Act  
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Motor Vehicle Act 
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Interior Health Authority 
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Canadian Cancer Society (BC Yukon) 
        bullet.jpg Healthy Families BC

 

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