April 11, 2016
Smoke Free Parks and City Facilities
Kamloops, BC - Effective February 1, 2016, the Parks Regulation Bylaw No. 35-66 was amended to include smoke-free parks and city facilities. This includes trails, beaches, playgrounds, fields, stadiums, parking lots, courtyards, and all entryways to city facilities.
The City of Kamloops is committed to healthy living and caring for our environment. According to Interior Health, there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke and tobacco is the number one cause of death and disease in our society, causing almost 6,000 deaths in BC each year. Reduced exposure to second-hand smoke in public spaces will present fewer health impacts to non-smokers and to persons with existing medical conditions. Smoking restrictions may also increase the motivation for smokers to quit.
In addition to the positive health implications, smoke-free parks and outdoor spaces contribute to a healthy and safe environment. Smoking produces associated litter and cleanup costs and toxins released by discarded smoking materials can seep into soil and water, affecting plant and animal life. Improperly extinguished and discarded cigarette butts can cause fires.
Currently, no additional bylaw staffing resources will be allocated to this bylaw amendment but where enforcement is required a minimum fine of $100 will be in effect.
Linda Stride, Recreation, Health and Wellness Supervisor
City of Kamloops