THE NATION — The Nation Municipality’s new by-law largely prohibiting “tobacco industry products” on outdoor municipal property — including smoking or vaping — has sparked applause from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.
The Nation’s bylaw will ban the use of all tobacco industry products, including chew, shisha, electronic cigarettes and waterpipes, anywhere on municipal property, except in designated areas. Designated areas must not be within 20 metres of any municipal building entrance, exit or operable window. The bylaw will also ban using any kind of smoking or vaping product near municipal facility entrances, on walkways, trails and parks without structures or sporting fields. The bylaw will be enforced by The Nation’s municipal law enforcement officers as well as the EOHU’s tobacco enforcement officers.
The newly designated tobacco-free spaces will protect children, youth and adults from second-hand smoke and vapour. They will also ensure these environments are used for their intended purpose of promoting healthy recreational activities.
“I’m proud that council has passed a motion to reduce exposure to tobacco products in municipal settings,” says The Nation’s mayor, François St. Amour, adding that “it aligns with the municipality’s mission to foster healthy and active lifestyles amongst its residents.” The feeling is echoed by Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU, who says “with this bylaw, The Nation is indeed proving itself as a progressive leader in promoting the health and wellness of its residents.”