Smoke-Free Public Outdoor Spaces
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Outdoor smoking bylaws and bans offer protection from exposure to second-hand smoke.
- Prevent youth from starting to smoke
- Support those who want to quit
- Help those who quit from starting again
- Promote positive role modelling for children and youth
- Eliminate cigarette butts that are poisonous to children, pets and wildlife
- Reduce litter and protect the environment.
More than 100 communities in Ontario have bylaws beyond the Smoke-Free Ontario Act that protect the public from second-hand smoke in outdoor spaces such as beaches, parks, hospital grounds, bus stops and stadiums.
Smoke-free beaches have many benefits, including the ones listed above. Keeping cigarette butts off beaches also has many additional benefits.
- Cigarette butts are the most common form of litter in the world, with almost 4.5 trillion butts discarded each year. Cigarette butts take up to 15 years to break down.
- Cigarette butts pose a threat to the environment and increase fire risk.
- Butts are toxic and if ingested they can harm wildlife and small children.
- Toxic chemicals from cigarette butts can leach in to the water.
- Second-hand smoke can be detected up to 50 feet away from a single cigarette.
For more information visit:
Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation