Leamington Limiting Smoking Outside

Leamington Mayor John Paterson (L) and Councillor Rick Atkin stand by a sign put up at the Leamington Soccer Complex as a result of Leamington's smoke-free outdoor space bylaw. Photo taken May 27, 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

Leamington’s smoke-free outdoor space bylaw comes into effect today for World No Tobacco Day.

The bylaw bans smoking at sports facilities in town but allows smokers to light up in the parking lot while creating setbacks of 9m (30 ft) at municipal building entrances and 15m (50 ft) from play areas at parks.

“Initially, we want to do all we can to educate the public about it,” says Brian Sweet, director of corporate services, who doesn’t think smokers need to worry about a flurry of fines. “Usually when people know, especially smokers, if they know they’re not allowed to smoke some place, most smokers just comply with that.”

A first offense will cost $100 with any subsequent offense costing $300.

The outdoor smoking ban was first proposed to Leamington council by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit.

A sign put up at the Leamington Soccer Complex as a result of Leamington's smoke-free outdoor space bylaw. Photo taken May 27, 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

A sign put up at the Leamington Soccer Complex as a result of Leamington’s smoke-free outdoor space bylaw. Photo taken May 27, 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)