Ucluelet supports province-wide smoking bans

“People who smoke tend to respond to restrictions by cutting back or quitting."

Ucluelet has adopted strict smoking laws to butt cigarettes out of public places.

Roughly 85 per cent of British Columbians do not smoke cigarettes and the minority who do are running out of places to do it.

Ucluelet has thrown its support behind the Canadian Cancer Society’s push for a province-wide smoking prohibition in public areas like parks, playgrounds and beaches.

In a letter reviewed by Ucluelet’s council during Oct. 25’s regular meeting, the Society commended council for adopting a bylaw earlier this year that prohibits smoking in public places, including parks and beaches, and within eight metres—vertically and horizontally—of any doors, windows or patios.

Ucluelet is one of 68 B.C. communities that have anti-smoking bylaws and the Canadian Cancer Society wants to see the rest of the province get on board.

“Outside of your community’s boundaries, more than 1 million British Columbians in 125 communities do not have bylaws that prohibit smoking in outdoor public places,” the letter states. “This exposure differential contributes to both health inequities and a larger provincial economic burden. In B.C., the annual economic burden attributed to tobacco is $2 billion.”

The Society suggests smoking prohibitions cut down on second-hand smoke exposure, serve as deterrents for young people to start smoking and motivate current smokers to quit.

“People who smoke tend to respond to restrictions by cutting back or quitting,” according to the Society.

While agreeing to support the province-wide push, Ucluelet’s council also agreed to look into ways of making the local laws more obvious.

Coun. Mayco Noel suggested signage is needed to let smokers know where they can and can’t light up.

“There’s a couple things we’re not doing, probably, in some of our public places,” he said. “There’s not really any signage.”

Coun. Sally Mole agreed and cited Ucluelet’s skate park as an area where smokers are either unaware of, or ignoring, the prohibition.

“That one really bugs me,” she said.

 

Council agreed to discuss increased signage during its ongoing budget discussions.

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Ucluelet releases COVID-19 Recovery Plan

Part of the recovery plan involves deploying three district staff as COVID-19 Community Monitors

Tofino mayor urges “kindness” as tourism reopens

“Health and safety matters to everyone.”

Resorts in Tofino and Ucluelet prepare to reopen in June

“We need to get the tourist economy in our communities back up and running.”

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve plans limited reopening on June 4

The Park Reserve shut down on March 18 to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Pacific Rim Hospice Society gifting free wellness “check-ins” to all West Coast residents

“This pandemic has led to a lot of isolation and it’s helpful for anybody just to have a soundboard.”

11 new COVID-19 cases in B.C. as top doc urges caution amid ‘encouraging’ low rates

Dr. Bonnie Henry also announced that two care home outbreaks would be declared over

Dr. Bonnie Henry announces official ban on overnight kids’ camps this summer

New ban comes after talking with other provincial health officials across the country, Henry says

Senior man in hospital after unprovoked wolf attack near Prince Rupert

Conservation officers are on site looking for the wolf

VIDEO: NASA astronauts blast off into space on SpaceX rocket

Marks NASA’s first human spaceflight launched from U.S. soil in nearly a decade

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

PHOTOS: U.S. cities brace for increasing unrest over police killing of George Floyd

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has fully mobilized the state’s National Guard

$200,000 Maybach impounded after ‘L’ driver caught excessively speeding in Vancouver

Meanwhile, the supervisor sat in the passenger seat, police said

COVID-19 cancelled their wedding plans, so they married on a B.C. mountaintop

Ceremony was live streamed to friends and family around the world

Yukon ready to lift COVID travel restrictions with B.C. in July: premier

Premier Sandy Silver says the territory’s health-care system can cope with the virus.

Most Read