Health Minister George Abbott has introduced a tough new bill to further restrict smoking in B-C. It will ban smoking in all public places next year including hospitals, malls and sports facilities. And smoking will be banned on all school grounds as of September.
– All indoor public spaces, including restaurants, pubs, private clubs, offices, malls, conference centres, arenas, community halls, government buildings and schools.
– In public doorways, and “near” the doors, windows and air intakes of any building accessible by the public.
– Tobacco sales will be barred in public hospital and health facilities, universities and colleges, public athletic and recreational facilities and provincial buildings.
– The display of tobacco and related products will be banned in stores accessible to anyone under age 19.
As an ex-smoker, I have sympathy with smokers in B.C. who because of all the anti smoking legislation is treated them like 2nd class citizens. There’s no objection to ban smoke indoors. But not allowing smokers to smoke outside? Isn’t that bit too much? Why not B.C. Government just makes smoking Illegal?