Smoking and Vaping in Public Areas
Whereas the negative effects of smoking, both for smokers, and those exposed to second-hand smoke, are scientifically proven; and
Whereas the health effects of vapourized nicotine are still undetermined; and
Whereas the Government of Saskatchewan is responsible for public health in our province;
Therefore be it resolved that the Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association advocate with the Ministry of Health to issue a province-wide ban on smoking and vaping in public places.
Legislation is only one component of a successful tobacco reduction strategy. We also need to engage the public and increase awareness. Municipalities have the authority under The Tobacco Control Act to implement bylaws that further restrict no-smoking provisions. As you are aware, in 2015, the cities of Saskatoon, Warman, and Martensville approved municipal bylaws that restrict smoking and vaping in public areas.