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Clean Air Bylaw

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Effective April 1, 2015, the Capital Regional District Clean Air Bylaw No. 3962 increases the scope of the ban on tobacco smoking within the Region.

The Bylaw makes all parks, playgrounds, playing fields, public squares and bus stops smoke-free and extends the smoke-free buffer zone 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 direct inhaling.
  • As many as 800 Canadian deaths per year attributable 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.

Bylaw Enforcement  

This includes:

  • Targeted education and awareness leading up to April 1st 2015
  • Sufficient and proper signage
  • Voluntary compliance & self-enforcement
  • Rotation of physical presence and monitoring by Island Health Enforcement Officers.

Island Health Tobacco Control Program

Additional decals and stickers are available to print and download on the right hand side of this page. To consult with a Tobacco Enforcement Officer, please contact the Island Health Tobacco Control Program at 250-360-1450 or CleanAirBylaw@viha.ca.


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 and all businesses were required to make patios where food and beverages are served and/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.