Besides the $200 fine faced by anyone caught vaping, an owner or operator who fails to ensure that no one smokes or vapes on their outdoor patio will also face a fine of $400. “It’s good for Winnipeg,” said Coun. Mike Pagtakhan, chairman of the protection, community services and parks committee.
In a telephone survey of 600 randomly selected adults carried out between Sept. 21 and Oct. 10, the city council found that 76% of the participants supported the ban at restaurants and 58% supported the ban at bars. The results are considered reliable 95% of the time, said community bylaw enforcement manager Winston Yee.
Last January, Yee pointed out that bars may still allow smoking and vaping in outdoor areas where no food or drinks are served, but these areas must be permanent. “If you’re licensed by the appropriate authority to serve either liquor or food in that area, then you can’t say ‘This table, tonight, we’re going to have as a smoking area,'” he explained. “That’s not the intent of what our bylaw would be, nor would we allow that to occur.”
Is forcing vapers into smoking areas a good idea?
Health Entities like Public Health England (PHE) have long been pointing out that forcing vapers to use their devices in smoking areas, not only sends the wrong message, but also undermines their efforts to quit.
Following the 2016 findings indicating that vaping is at least 95% safer than smoking, the PHE had issued guidelines for employers to follow, in order to ensure that smokers who are transitioning to vaping feel supported and encouraged to switch to the safer alternatives.
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