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New smoke-free spaces have been added to the City of Windsor by-law.
As of November 22nd, 2016 the city by-law has been amended to prohibit smoking on City of Windsor owned properties, including parks, beaches, conservation areas, marinas and recreation facilities, as well as any associated parking lots or walkways.
Prohibited products include cigarettes, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes, hookah/water pipes and any other lighted or heated equipment used to smoke or vaporize any tobacco or non-tobacco product.
No smoking signs will be installed at all affected City of Windsor properties to inform the public of areas where smoking is prohibited.
“Windsor-Essex has always been on the forefront of tobacco control measures in Ontario,” says Eric Nadalin, Manager of the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention department at the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit. “The municipalities of Windsor-Essex are presenting a unified front in their adoption of protective measures in excess of those offered by the Smoke-free Ontario Act, and while there is much more work to do, we are encouraged to see our region offering residents a strong level of protection from second-hand smoke and smoking behaviour.”
Windsor joins the Towns of Essex, Kingsville, Lakeshore, LaSalle, Leamington, and Tecumseh by reducing exposure to second-hand smoke and smoking behavior in public spaces.