The Capital Regional District Clean Air Bylaw No. 3962 makes all parks, playgrounds, playing fields, public squares and bus stops smoke-free. It also extends smoke-free buffer zones outside of business doorways, windows and air intakes to seven metres.
Clean Air Benefits
- Second Hand Smoke (SHS) contains more than 4000 toxic substances, over 40 of which cause cancer.
- Some substances are in stronger concentrations in SHS than if directly inhaled.
- As many as 800 Canadian deaths per year are attributed to SHS.
- Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death in Canada.
- There is no safe level of second hand smoke. Harmful particles can be carried up to seven metres in outdoor settings.
- Smoking restrictions decrease negative role modeling for children and assist smokers in quitting.
Encouraging compliance with the bylaw includes:
- Targeted education and awareness;
- Sufficient and proper signage;
- Voluntary compliance and self-enforcement;
- Rotation of physical presence and monitoring by Island Health Enforcement Officers; and
- Ticketing in specific situations by Island Health and Capital Regional District enforcement officers.
Island Health Tobacco Control Program
To consult with a Tobacco Enforcement Officer or if you have a concern about compliance, please contact the Island Health Tobacco Control Program at 250-360-1450 or CleanAirBylaw@viha.ca.
Our clean air decals and stickers are available to print and download from the right hand site of this page.
Clean Air Bylaw Background
The first Clean Air Bylaw for the Capital Regional District was implemented on January 1st, 1999. This Bylaw made all indoor public spaces 100% smoke-free. On July 1st, 2007 the Bylaw was amended to require all businesses to make patios where food and beverages are served or consumed 100% smoke-free. The Bylaw, with the inclusion of parks, playgrounds, playing fields, public squares and bus stops as smoke-free spaces, is consistent with smoking bans in other jurisdictions on Vancouver Island, throughout British Columbia and across Canada.