Reinforcement of Ottawa's Smoke-Free Bylaw

Reinforcement of Ottawa's Smoke-Free Bylaw

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Bastien ZARA a lancé cette pétition adressée à Jim Watson (Ottawa's Mayor) et à

Ottawa's Bylaw 2001-148 on Smoke-Free Public Places needs to be enforced properly, with enforcement agents starting to fine smokers who aren't complying strictly to the By-Law.

As an introduction to this petition, I will be taking facts from ottawapublichealth.ca.

Second-Hand Smoke Facts
Second-hand smoke (SHS) is the smoke exhaled by a smoker as well as the smoke from the burning tobacco. It contains more than 4,000 dangerous chemicals, 70 of which cause cancer.

There is no safe level of exposure, even outdoors. Exposure to second-hand smoke (SHS) can be as dangerous on restaurant patios, the beach or park as it is indoors. Cigarette butts can also contaminate sandboxes and beaches.

Studies show that smoke-free spaces can dramatically reduce heart attack rates and respiratory illnesses. Smoke-free spaces can:

  1. protect non-smokers from the harmful effects of SHS
  2. help smokers to quit
  3. encourage former smokers to remain smoke-free
  4. protect children from starting to smoke by providing good role models
  5. reduce litter

The citizens of this city's daily commute is still far from being smoke-free.

A lot of signs are placed, even next to bus stops and on them, and nobody seems to care, comply, and some even defy the rules by smoking right in front of the signs or 1 meter from them instead of 9, vape on the bus, or keep blatantly smoking in front of OC Transpo's shelterless stops, forcing the non-smokers to stay away from them or to deal with the exposure. That includes vaping.

The City should be issuing ads on the bus teaching people about the risks of second hand smoking, along with the fines, and that campaign shouldn't have an end date, but be an ongoing one, as it puts everybody's health on the line. Vaping should be included.

Since the start of this By-Law, and although it is written on the Ottawa Public Health website that the change will be made gradually, it isn't coming fast enough, and fines have to be issued immediately.

The citizens of Ottawa are also worried about cigarette butts, since we are living next to the Ottawa River, and that a single cigarette butt can contaminate up to 500 liters of water, and people keep throwing them on the ground, instead of disposing of them in public ashtrays, who need to be in higher numbers.

If you just look at Sparks Street, in front of the entrance of the Department of Justice of Canada, the flower pots are mainly used to store cigarette butts, and it contaminates the soil as well.

The citizens of Ottawa are asking for:

  • immediate fines;
  • the By-Law to be amended as it pertains to second-hand smoking near shelterless bus signs;
  • ads to be published on buses about the By-Law and the fines related to it without an end date;
  • a way to recycle cigarette butts;
  • an increase in public ashtrays starting downtown and spreading outwards gradually (along with the distribution of pocket ashtrays to smokers if possible); and
  • an amendment to the By-Law in fining those who litter by throwing their cigarette butts on the ground and in pots to preserve our nature.

The citizens of Ottawa would like to thank you in advance for your support in that matter.

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