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Help fight tobacco

Policy Position: The Canadian Cancer Society recommends that municipalities adopt bylaws that prohibit smoking tobacco in parks, playgrounds and other outdoor venues where children are present (i.e. festivals).

Why implement a smoke-free outdoor bylaw?

Protection from second-hand smoke
Second-hand smoke is extremely toxic. It contains over 4,000 chemicals including at least 50 known cancer-causing substances. According to research conducted at Stanford University, in an outdoor setting, second-hand smoke can pose a health risk.

Smoking restrictions increase the motivation for smokers to quit or cutback
Smokers respond to smoking restrictions by cutting back or quitting. Research conducted by Statistics Canada has demonstrated that when smoking bans have been implemented smokers have chosen to cutback or quit.

Decreases negative role modeling for children and protects them from exposure to a health risk.
If children and youth are not exposed to adult smoking behaviour, they may be less likely to think of it as normal. Since most smokers start before the age of 18, this is important for public health.

What can a municipality do?

  • Implement bylaws and policies that exceed provincial requirements.
  • Protect customers and staff by not permitting any smoking on restaurant and bar patios.
  • Protecting children by making playgrounds and other outdoor public gathering places smoke-free.


Tobacco kills more than 1,500 Saskatchewan residents ever year.

Approximately 30% of cancer deaths and 85% of lung cancer deaths are caused by tobacco.

Each year approximately 37,000 Canadians die because of tobacco use.