Smoke-Free Outdoor Public Places
As of January 1, 2016, changes to Bylaw No. 8286 The Smoking Control Bylaw, 2004 prohibit smoking or vaping in outdoor public places owned or operated by the City. This includes parks and trails, playgrounds, sports fields, spray pads, outdoor and paddling pools, skateboard sites, golf courses, tennis courts, dog parks, public squares and areas around civic buildings.
Where is smoking allowed?
Smoking or vaping is permitted on sidewalks bordering public places owned or operated by the City. It is not permitted on park trails.
Why is this change important?
The City is doing its part to contribute to a smoke-free society. Healthy living and care for the environment have driven the initiative. It is supported by the Saskatoon Health Region, the Canadian Cancer Society and the majority of Saskatoon residents.
The law will reduce people's exposure to secondhand smoke outdoors. Studies suggest that sitting three feet away from a smoker outdoors can expose you to the same level of secondhand smoke as if you were sitting indoors with a smoker. Secondhand smoke can trigger asthma attacks, and increase the risk of blood clots.
How will the bylaw be enforced?
The City will focus on voluntary compliance through education. Due to the size and nature of Saskatoon’s outdoor public places, signage may not be available, but the bylaw is still in effect.
Citizens wishing to make a bylaw complaint should contact Saskatoon Police at 306-975-8300.
How will people become aware of the bylaw changes?
In addition to signage, the City regulary informs the public of bylaw changes through local news outlets, on social media and in print advertising.
Does this include electronic cigarettes?
Yes, electronic cigarettes and equivalents (vaping) fall under the same provisions of this bylaw, prohibiting the use of electronic cigarettes indoors and on outdoor properties owned and operated by the City.
Nothing in The Smoking Control Bylaw, 2004 prohibits a person from using an electronic cigarette for the sole purpose of testing the device, or sampling products used with the device, prior to purchase within an electronic cigarettes retailer.
How does this affect my festival, event or ceremony?
City Council resolved that exemptions be made for the use of tobacco in traditional Aboriginal spiritual or cultural practices or ceremonies being carried out in City-owned public places.
The City will provide information on The Smoking Control Bylaw, 2004 and how it affects festivals, events and ceremonies to organizers during the normal course of business.