City of Airdrie to review smoking bylaw…

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After a presentation from the Motion on Smoking and Well being (ASH) throughout an everyday council assembly Nov. 15, the Metropolis of Airdrie plans to overview its smoking bylaw to see if needed modifications may be carried out.

After a presentation from the Motion on Smoking and Well being (ASH) through the common council assembly Nov. 15, the Metropolis of Airdrie is planning to overview its smoking bylaw to see if needed modifications may be carried out.

“Tobacco use places an enormous burden on our health, and on our quality of life,” mentioned Les Hagen, government director of ASH through the council assembly. “It’s responsible for countless diseases and kills 50,000 Canadians annually, representing 20 per cent of all deaths in Canada.”

Based on Hagen’s presentation, one in two long-term people who smoke die prematurely resulting from diseases brought on by tobacco use. He claimed there was an “explosive rise” in nicotine vaping, notably amongst youngsters, in recent times, citing a statistic that greater than 400,000 youth in grades 6 to 11 had vaped within the final 30 days of 2019.

By way of youth who vape, Hagen mentioned they’re 3 times extra possible than non-vaping youth to start out smoking tobacco.

The statistics talked about supplied a background for Hagen’s name to have the Metropolis of Airdrie’s smoking bylaw reviewed to make sure all areas are lined by the laws, particularly with the rise in youth vaping and the 2018 legalization of leisure hashish.

“Over the years, Airdrie has been a leader in reducing public smoking and vaping, and in fact, had one of the strongest laws in the province in the mid-2000s,” he mentioned. “We encourage council to update the current smoking bylaw to ensure restrictions on smoking and vaping of tobacco and nicotine align with local restrictions on the smoking and vaping of cannabis.”

Throughout Hagen’s presentation, he mentioned one provision council ought to think about is what he known as the cigar lounge loophole created by the Province, including the loophole may be handled on a municipal degree.

“We encourage your council to improve the bylaw to ensure this loophole is closed, at least at the municipal level,” he mentioned.

An ASH mannequin was additionally offered, laying the groundwork for what the group thinks is the perfect method to modernizing Airdrie’s smoking bylaw. The framework included the banning of smoking and vaping in any respect out of doors recreation areas, smoke-free public occasions, smoke-free lodges, and to align restrictions throughout all types of smoking.

On the cigar lounge subject, Coun. Al Jones famous the Metropolis’s bylaw is centred round smoking as a complete, not only for tobacco, which he mentioned would cease somebody from having the ability to open an institution like that regionally.

“The only thing I see missing from ours to cover everything would be the vaping,” he mentioned. “I think everything else, we already do.”

Coun. Ron Chapman agreed with Hagen, saying possibly it’s time for a overview of the Metropolis’s smoking bylaw.

“Things have changed over the years since that bylaw was written,” he mentioned.

A movement was handed unanimously to direct administration to conduct a overview of the bylaw, which can be mentioned at a later date.

Jordan Stricker,

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