Edmonton bans smoking at outdoor venues where children are present

The City of Edmonton has banned smoking near any outdoor venue where children are present.

New research from Scotland found bans that force smokers to butt out have numerous health benefits. One positive result is that fewer children with asthma are being hospitalized.

EDMONTON — The City of Edmonton has banned smoking near any outdoor venue where children are present.

Under the new bylaw anyone who lights up a smoke within 10 metres of a playground or sports field will face a $250 fine.

The Canadian Cancer Society is pleased with the city’s decision.

Anti-smoking advocates say second-hand tobacco smoke is a health concern and adults who light-up in front of kids are setting a bad example.

The city plans to roll out a public-awareness campaign about the new bylaw before any smokers are ticketed.

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