The City of Ottawa’s Water pipes in Public Places and Work Places By-law, which prohibits the use of water pipes in enclosed public places, enclosed workplaces, and outdoor restaurant and bar patios, is now in effect. The use of water pipes is also prohibited in the Parkdale Market and Byward Market stands.
The new regulations build on existing City of Ottawa by-laws, which came into effect in 2012, including regulations that prohibited the use of water pipes on outdoor municipal property including parks, beaches and recreational playing fields. The new regulations will protect customers and workers from second-hand smoke exposure, prevent youth initiation of water pipe smoking and de-normalize smoking behaviours among youth and young adults.
Throughout the fall, City staff have reached out to restaurants and bar owners, business groups, event organizers and other affected groups to ensure that they are aware of the new water pipe regulations. Starting today, by-law enforcement officers will issue warnings for non-compliance with the new by-laws. A public awareness campaign will continue throughout the winter to help ensure a smooth transition to these new regulations. Beginning April 3, 2017 enforcement of the by-law may include the issuance of Provincial Offences Notice tickets with accompanying fines.
As Chair of the Board of Health, I am excited to see the effect that this new City By-law will help in preventing symptoms due to second-hand and first-hand smoking. It is my hopes that this helps to complete the City of Ottawa’s trajectory into a significantly healthier tomorrow.
For more information about the expanded smoke-free regulations, visit ottawa.ca/smokefree. For help to quit smoking, please visit myquit.ca.