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Smoke Free Bylaw proposal for the Town of Gibsons and SecheltSmoke- free bylaws support our collective goal related to building healthy and sustainable communities along the Sunshine Coast.
Even though British Columbia has the lowest smoking rate in Canada, 6,000 people in BC die each year from tobacco related causes. The cost of tobacco per year in BC is $2.3 billion. Tobacco use is still the number one cause of preventable morbidity and mortality in BC including cancer, heart disease, COPD and many other devastating illnesses. Tobacco is an addiction, not a lifestyle choice. In 2006, the US Surgeon General concluded that there is no risk-free level of exposure to second-hand smoke, and even brief amounts of exposure can cause harm. Smoke-free bylaws will help to protect staff, patrons and public from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke. They also decrease negative role modeling for children and youth, encourage smokers to quit or cut back, and protect the environment by reducing litter.
At this time the Town of Gibsons and Town of Sechelt are being asked to consider an Enhanced Smoke-Free Bylaw. Please read more by clicking the link: Smoke Free bylaw