News: Smoking Ban Being Considered in Toronto

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Toronto’s board of health is taking steps that could result in the fifth largest city in North America expanding their already strict outdoor smoking ban.

A report by CTV Toronto says that the city’s board of health will launch a series of “public consultations” on a proposal to extend the city’s existing smoking ban. Since 2006, the city has been bound by the Smoke Free Ontatio Act, but has added onto its restrictions to make smoking tougher in city limits. In 2009, the city banned smoking in areas near playgrounds, wading pools and splash pads as well as farms and zoos operated by the municipality, and has added bylaws that prohibit smoking in commercial vehicles and indoor workplaces.

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The proposed expansion of the ban would mean that smokers would be prohibited from smoking on hospital property, public fields, restaurant patios and the entrances and exits of most city buildings, according to the report.

The public consultations will begin in 2013, with the results being released later in the year by Dr. David McKeown, the city’s chief medical officer. The city council will then review the results and put the expanded ban proposal to a vote.

(via StogieGuys)

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