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The City of Richmond has updated its smoking regulations, a move Coun. Bill McNulty, for one, hopes will result in a more harmonious relationship between smokes and non-smokers.
“The bylaws are intended to protect the rights of individuals. I’m not going to pass judgement on smoking, just don’t infringe on the rights of others who do not,” he says.
Effective May 1, new regulations approved recently by city council will include:
•No smoking at public parks, school grounds and city properties and buildings
•No smoking within nine metres of transit shelters, doors, windows and air intakes.
The definition of smoking includes cannabis and all vapour products such as e-cigarettes.
Council also approved a staff recommendation that $25,000 from the Council Community Initiatives Account be used for creating and producing public education materials.
McNulty said he much prefers an education and co-operative approach to enforcement. He called the latter a “last resort.”