Regina is considering making changes to the city’s current smoking bylaw, if residents show they support the idea.
One agency that is fully in support of this is the Saskatchewan Division of the Canadian Cancer Society.
In fact they have already done their own research, and say most Regina residents support changing the bylaw to prohibit smoking on playgrounds, stadium bleachers and restaurant patios.
‘We’ve done a couple of poles and 91 per-cent support a ban on smoking on children’s playgrounds, 81 per-cent support banning smoking on sports fields, 87 per-cent would like a ban on smoking for fixed seating or bleachers, 70 per-cent also support a ban on outdoor patios for restaurants and bars,” said Donna Ziegler with the Saskatchewan Division of the Canadian Cancer Society.
Smoking is banned in many locations already around Regina by business and property owners themselves, however there is no city bylaw supporting their bans.
Regina is currently holding a public consultation to gather input.
If the results are similar as the Canadian Cancer Societies, changes will be made to ban smoking in more areas around the city.
Currently Regina is one of the only cities in Canada that still allows smoking these places.