The city of Regina is considering making changes to its current smoking bylaw that would follow a similar path Saskatoon took in 2004.
Right now it is up to Regina business owners to decide if smoking is allowed on their decks, patios and properties, the current bylaw does not ban this like many other cities do.
Smoking is also not banned in Regina by a bylaw on play-grounds, sports fields, fixed seats and bleachers in public venues.
Many Regina restaurant owners have already taken it upon themselves to prohibit cigarettes and e-cigarettes on their property.
Before the city makes any changes to the bylaw, Mayor Michael Fougere said they first want to hear what the pubic thinks.
Fougere said the city will not make any changes to its smoking bylaw unless it is something the public supports.
“We want to make it clear we will not make any changes to the smoking bylaw until we’ve had extensive consultation with the public and business owners to make sure we get this right. The goal again is to ensure that the bylaw meets expectations of the community, and that Regina residents are comfortable with those changes,” Fougere said in front of City Hall on Friday.
There are three main ways to share your thoughts on what should, or should not be changed to the city’s smoking bylaw.
Go to Regina.ca/smoking , or attend two open houses.
The first will be held on March 8th at 5:30 at City Hall, it is intended for local businesses and event organizers, the following day an open house will be held for the general public at the Cathedral Community Centre at 5:30 p.m.
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