A Fredericton restaurant owner says he has mixed feelings about a potential city ban on smoking on outdoor patios.
Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside said last week that he has received many complaints from people who say they should not have to breathe second-hand cigarette smoke when they are sitting on a restaurant patio or when they are visiting public parks and beaches.
The mayor said he has asked his legal staff to review the city’s options and it will come before council in a few weeks.
Frank Scott, the owner of the Lunar Rogue, said he understands why the smoking ban should be expanded to include outdoor patios.
Scott, however, said he is worried about where smokers would then go to light up.
"I can understand why people don't want to sit beside somebody who's smoking at a table," Scott said.
"But on the other side of the coin, if they're not going to smoke on the patio or inside our business, they may move outside on the street. And it has an optic effect for me, five or six people standing outside your building. It's not the optic I want to present for my place."
Scott said he wants to see more details about the potential rules for banning smoking on outdoor patios.
Dieppe passed a bylaw in 2011 that prohibited smoking in all outdoor facilities owned by the city.
New Brunswick introduced its Smoke-Free Places Act on Oct. 2004, which banned smoking on school grounds and in retail stores, community halls, conference centres, sports arenas and in bars and restaurants.
The act was updated in 2009 to ban smoking in vehicles containing children under the age of 16.
In Fredericton, Woodside said on Friday that he doesn’t expect the proposal to eliminate smoking on patios and city parks will find much opposition among restaurant owners.
"I would expect, without having talked to them personally, that they wouldn't have a problem with it. Much as they don't have a problem with smoking inside their premises, which, I think, at one time might have been considered a contentious issue," Woodside said.