Smoking ban at conservation areas now closer to reality

A smoking ban is likely coming to conservation areas in Windsor-Essex.
Windsor city councillor Jo Anne Gignac wonders how a smoking ban would be enforced at conservation areas.

A smoking ban is likely coming to conservation areas in Windsor-Essex.

The Essex Region Conservation Authority board has instructed staff to develop a plan to outlaw smoking, starting next year.

It would include a phase-in period, with educational programs.

City councillor Jo-Anne Gignac is one of the directors, but she has concerns.

"If you don't enforce it, then don't bother having it. You're going to have fistfights. People have very strong feelings about smoking. Understandably so," she said. "I'm not a smoker. I jog and I kayak. I don't like being around smoke, but I recognize also that it is an addiction."

A report will be prepared before the final decision is made.

A final decision will hinge on costs and enforcement.

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