Brampton - Enjoy outdoor activities and access municipal services
without worrying about the harmful effects of second-hand smoke. Thanks to the
Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law, whether you’re in the game, in the stands or
returning a library book, it’ll be smoke-free!
The Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law makes it illegal to smoke
outdoors within nine metres (30 feet) of municipally-owned building entrances
and exits, and within nine metres of the perimeter of playgrounds and
sports/activity areas, such as sports fields, parks and splash pads.
“We are working towards a healthier environment for everyone
in Peel. The Peel Outdoor Smoking By-law removes harmful second-hand smoke from
areas where children play, as well as entrances to libraries, arenas, community
centres and other municipal buildings,” says Dr. David Mowat, Medical Officer of
Health, Region of Peel.
There is no safe level of second-hand smoke, and it is most
harmful to children because their lungs are smaller and they breathe more
rapidly than adults. Children exposed to second-hand smoke are more likely to
develop asthma, ear infections, bronchitis and pneumonia.
In collaboration with the Cities of Mississauga and
Brampton, and the Town of Caledon, the Region of Peel joins approximately 90
other Ontario municipalities that have enacted legislation restricting outdoor
The by-law applies to all forms of lit tobacco (e.g.,
cigarettes, cigars, pipes). Enforcement staff from each municipality and the
Region of Peel can give tickets and fines to people who break the law. The fine
for breaking the law ranges from $250 to $5,000.
“Smoke-free places protect the health of the community while
supporting smokers who want to quit,” continues Dr. Mowat. “Smokers who are
motivated to quit can be successful with a supportive environment and a proven
cessation method. It is never too late to quit smoking.”
In the past year, just over half of Peel’s smokers (88,000
people) attempted to stop smoking for at least 24 hours. Many smokers attempt
to quit several times before they are successful.
Peel has a variety of supports for residents wanting to quit
smoking, including family physicians, six family health teams and the Smokers’
Helpline. For information about quitting smoking, contact Smokers’ Helpline at
1-877-513-5333 or visit SmokersHelpline.ca.
For more information on the by-law, visit
SmokeFreePeelRegion.ca or call Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.