Smoking and Vaping: Where and When Can You Do It in Medicine Hat?


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Smoking And Vaping

In Medicine Hat, smoking, vaping and cannabis use are regulated by the Outdoor Smoking and Vaping Bylaw. All smokers, regardless of whether they are smoking recreationally or for medical reasons, are expected to follow the same set of rules.

Where Can You Smoke and Vape?

Your home
Yes, you can smoke and vape in your home and yard, but remember landlords or property owners may have established additional restrictions.
Public spaces

Yes, you can smoke and vape in some public spaces in Medicine Hat:

  • Parking lots
  • Campgrounds
  • Golf courses
  • Roadways
  • Sidewalks
  • Private residential properties

However smoking and vaping is not allowed in public spaces such as:

  • Grandstands
  • Playgrounds
  • Parks (including public trails)
  • Sport fields or courts
  • Skate parks or bike parks
  • Outdoor pools or water spray parks
  • Seasonal skating rinks
  • Festival or event areas (unless designated for smoking)
Sidewalks
Yes, you can smoke and vape on sidewalks in Medicine Hat, provided you are not within five meters of a bus stop, doorway, window, or air intake of a building or patio.
Festivals and events

Yes, smoking and vaping is allowed at some public events and festivals, but only in designated areas. Check the event or festival’s website for more information about their designated smoking areas.

In Canada, the Federal Government does not impose strict restrictions on smoking or vaping. Instead, it sets a national framework for regulating tobacco and vaping products through legislation such as the Tobacco and Vaping Products Act. Provinces and territories can impose additional regulations on top of this.

The minimum age to purchase smoking and vaping products in Alberta is 18 years old. The Alberta Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act bans smoking and vaping in most indoor public spaces and workplaces, including restaurants, bars, casinos, and vehicles with minors. Municipalities can add further restrictions on smoking and vaping in outdoor public spaces.

Additional Regulations

Keep in mind that the smoking and vaping regulations can vary depending on geographical location. It’s always best to check with the local bylaws or authorities for any additional restrictions in your area.

Smoking and vaping regulations are implemented to protect public health and safety. By respecting these regulations, you help make Medicine Hat a cleaner and healthier place to live.

Visit the Outdoor Smoking and Vaping Bylaw page on the City of Medicine Hat’s website for the full list of regulations.

For resources on quitting smoking or vaping, visit AlbertaQuits.

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