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Posted on: October 17, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Smoking/Vaping Cannabis in the Town of Banff


Should Banff’s bylaw about smoking and vaping cannabis be changed, and should smoking and vaping tobacco be regulated more strictly?

Council directed administration to ask Banff residents whether the bylaw on cannabis smoking and vaping is adequate, a year after it was implemented. Council also asked for public input on whether tobacco smoking should be regulated to a greater degree.

Why is Council asking for feedback about smoking and vaping?

Around the world, there is a growing trend toward smoke-free places.

Over the last few decades, Canada’s federal, provincial and municipal rules around smoking have changed a lot. For example:

  • In 2000, it became federal law that cigarette packages had to carry full colour photograph-based health warnings on cigarettes
  • In 2007, cigarette smoking in some public places and all work sites was banned in Alberta
  • On October 17, 2018, the federal government allowed the consumption of cannabis, with specific restrictions, and provincial governments across Canada implemented legislation about smoking, vaping and retailing cannabis.
  • Starting in November this year – in addition to visual health warnings – all cigarettes sold in Canada must be in plain, dark brown packages with no colours or logos.

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