Smoking in BC – Fragrance in BC

Posted: May 20, 2009 in 1
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As we work to make people in British Columbia a little more conscious of the pollution of airspace with fragrance and other harmful associated chemicals, the anti-smoking lobby continues with its fight. Many people think the smoking crackdown has been a complete success and it is a battle won. NOT SO!

In what perhaps should be a provincial responsibility, municipalities are left to determine smoking standards such as buffer zones, or how far away one must be from public doorways, windows and air intakes while smoking. Our provincial health authority is urging municipalities to increase the standard from 3 metres to 7.5 metres. So far only Anmore, Belcarra and Port Moody have done so in the Tri-Cities. Port Coquitlam turned down the request citing it as a provincial responsibility.

I follow this news closely. Anmore now has a scent-free municipal hall. Recognizing harmful chemicals in indoor air is progressive and I don’t see leadership on this issue from our provincial government…YET!

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