Residents have voiced their opinions on it, and now the city is about to take action on Regina’s smoking bylaw.
After spending $35,000 on a survey to get residents’ feedback on banning smoking in some public places, the city of Regina is finally in talks about making a change.
With more than 9,000 people responding to the city’s recent smoking bylaw survey, Mayor Michael Fougere said it’s time to make some adjustments.
“We did have some pressure from certain groups to change the bylaw,” said Fougere. “But we wanted to make sure we consulted with residents first, to make sure that they’re comfortable with this and then we would build a consensus. I think we have that now.”
City administration is recommending a new bylaw that would ban both smoking and vaping (smoking e-cigarettes) on patios, at public events and on city controlled land — like playgrounds, swimming pools, open air stadiums and sports facilities.
Fougere said, for the most part, local bars and restaurants are on board as well — especially since many of them have already banned smoking on their patios.
As it stands right now, in Regina, there is no bylaw to ban smoking on patios in the city. In Saskatoon, patios have been smoke-free for 13 years.
The smoking bylaw will be going to city executives for discussion this week and then city council at the end of the month.
Fougere said the city hopes to have the smoking bylaw changes in place by summertime.