This ban was put in place to protect park visitors and users from second-hand smoke and as a means to control litter.
Second-hand smoke is of great concern in high-activity areas including beaches, playgrounds, campgrounds, picnic areas, shelters and other public
facilities offered in the Metro Vancouver regional parks. In these high-traffic areas, litter related to smoking also has a very serious impact. For instance, cigarette butts are often consumed by birds and other wildlife and can have fatal effects.
While the regional district’s Board of Directors adopted the no smoking policy on September 23, 2011, the policy officially came into effect as of New Years Day 2012 (January 1, 2012).
Since the start of the new year, smoking has only been permitted in designated smoking areas. These areas offer little risk of second-hand smoke exposure to others and are located where litter can easily be disposed of. Moreover, the designated smoking areas are located where there is no risk of fire caused by smoking.
This new ban will benefit the health of both park users and wildlife.
If you need to smoke while in one of the regional parks, please look for designated smoking areas in entry parking lots.
Regional parks staff have been and will be providing the public, specifically park users and smokers, with information about the new bylaw.
Enforcement of this bylaw will begin in February.
In the event that a smoker violates the new bylaw by smoking outside the designated smoking area in any of the regional parks, he/she will face a fine of up to $75
for EACH infraction.
Here’s wishing all of our parks users a happy, HEALTHY 2012!