City smoking bylaw debate delayed until March
Posted: Nov 19, 2012 8:20 AM MT
Last Updated: Nov 20, 2012 7:23 AM MT
Calgary city council has postponed a decision to tighten up smoking restrictions in areas like playgrounds, sports fields and outdoor rinks.
Ald. Andre Chabot pitched the idea for new restrictions, but council said Monday that no immediate decision will be made until after a report is completed in March 2013.
Calgarian Philip Roy says he supports the idea, but he's not sure how practical it is.
"It would probably be a very hard rule to enforce," he said. "I'm not too sure if there is a large problem with Calgarians who smoke around sportsfields that it woud actually affect kids' health."
Thomas Monteiro likes the idea, but also wonders if it can be enforced.
"It's probably going to be hard to get people to abide by it," he said. "But great if you can make it happen."
But some say it's not just about health, or second-hand smoke, as kids are prone to copy adults they see smoking.
The Alberta government released its tobacco reduction strategy Monday afternoon. The province plans to enact legislation to ban smoking in vehicles when children are present, restrict the sale of flavoured tobacco and prohibit tobacco sales to minors.
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