Places you have to ‘butt out’ in Vancouver

Travel Tips, What's New — By Natasha John on April 21, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Photo courtesy of Tourism Vancouver/Josef Hanus

Back in 1988, many airlines put an end to smoking on planes and since that time, we continuously see a decline in where you can light up that cigarette. Canada was one of the first to put a stop to smoking in restaurants, bars and clubs and numerous countries have followed suit. Whether you’re a smoker or not, you have most likely noticed some change in the last two decades and have heard the debates.

Photo courtesty of Tourism Vancouver / Tom Ryan

If you’re visiting Vancouver and plan to have a puff now and then, here are some tips to take note of:

There are limitations as to how close you can smoke a cigarette when out in public and this includes places like restaurant/cafe patios, entranceways, bus stops, infront of airtakes and the newest addition to the list – any municipal beach or park in Vancouver. To put it into perspective, there are 200 parks and 18km of municipal beach. If you are caught smoking in a designated ‘no-smoking zone’, verbal warnings and fines won’t come into play until Sept 1, 2010. For a complete list of municipal parks and beaches head over to the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation’s website.

Does your city have similar bylaws? Or, is this a foreign concept?

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