The League asks that all parents, volunteers and spectators respect the Town of Oakville By-Law and refrain from smoking within nine metres of all of our sports fields that are used in the Town of Oakville.
Town of Oakville bans smoking near children’s play areas
Council establishes nine metre buffer around fields, playgrounds, splash pads and courts
In a move to protect children from the harmful effects of second-hand smoke, Council approved a motion put forward by Councillors Pam Damoff and Tom Adams, to ban smoking within nine metres of all town-owned playgrounds, splash pads, tennis courts, basketball courts, skateboard parks and playing fields.
“This just makes sense. Children are at a greater risk and should not be exposed to smoke if we can prevent it. Research shows that children’s immune systems are less developed and their faster breathing rate absorbs more smoke,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “This Council is committed to improving air quality in our community to ensure we achieve our vision to be the most livable town in Canada.”
The ban will be enforced under the existing Parks By-law 1999-59 which makes it an offence to smoke in parks where No Smoking signage is posted. This existing signage is typically found on parkland adjacent to high school sites in Oakville. A public awareness campaign will be developed and additional signs will be posted by spring 2013. Staff will develop procedures to support this direction, and any related funding requests will be referred to the 2013 Budget Committee for consideration.
With the serious implications and health effects of second hand smoke becoming clearer, the Town of Oakville joins many other municipalities that have already enacted smoking restrictions, including the cities of Niagara Falls and Hamilton.
A message from Jane Ivings, Senior Communications Advisor for the Town of Oakville:
It is our collective responsibility to protect our kids from being exposed to second-hand smoke. Oakville is proud to have banned smoking within nine metres of all town-owned playgrounds, splash pads, tennis court, basketball courts, skateboards parks and playing fields.
According to the Canadian Lung Association, children exposed to second-hand smoke are at high risk of breathing issues and other health-related problems. Banning smoking in areas where kids play significantly reduces their risk of exposure to second-hand smoke.
Our message is simple. Don’t smoke where children are playing. Residents can expect to see additional “No Smoking” signage in town parks and outdoor recreation areas as part of Oakville’s public awareness campaign to remind smokers to “butt out” where kids play.
To report an infraction, please call By-Law Services at 905-815-2010 with the details of your complaint. The maximum fine for not complying with Oakville By-Law 2013-013 is $5,000. For more information visit oakville.ca.
Senior Communications Advisor
Strategy, Policy and Communications
Town of Oakville | 905-845-6601 ext. 3005 | f: 905-338-4259 | www.oakville.ca