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Toronto Public Health proposing wider smoking ban

Toronto Public Health (TPH) is proposing a wider smoking ban that would make public squares, bar and restaurant patios and hospital grounds smoke-free.

The proposal, which would essentially limit outdoor smoking to sidewalks, will go before city council and Queen’s Park later this year.

Dr. David McKeown, the city’s medical officer of health, said in a staff report that many other municipalities in Ontario have similar or partial bans, and that a smoking ban has widespread public support.

The Board of Health will consider changes to Toronto’s smoking bylaw to make building entrances and exits smoke-free on Sept. 30.

Toronto’s Parks and Environment Committee will consider changes to Toronto’s parks bylaw to make sports fields, park amenities and swimming beaches smoke-free on Oct. 23.

TPH will report to the Board of Health in the future on ways to make public squares and uncovered patios smoke-free. The
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is being encouraged to make uncovered patios and hospital grounds smoke-free.

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