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May 31, 2010
City celebrates 'World No Tobacco Day' with unveiling of smoke-free sign
Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth), Chair of Parks and Environment Committee, and representatives from Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation and Toronto Public Health joined members of the community to celebrate World No Tobacco Day.

A sign was unveiled at a ceremony, indicating that smoking is not permitted at Toronto zoos, farms, wading pools and splash pads, or near any playground equipment in City of Toronto parks.

“This new bylaw has created safer places for children to play and participate in physical activity,” said Councillor Fletcher. “We are committed to protecting our most precious resource, our children, while ensuring that they have opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities.”

Under an amendment to Municipal Code, Chapter 608, Parks, smoking or the holding of lighted tobacco is prohibited in zoos and farms operated by Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PFR), and within a nine-metre (29.5 foot) radius of playground safety surfaces or any playground equipment in City of Toronto parks, including wading pools and splash pads. New signs indicating the new bylaw are displayed in relevant areas throughout the city.

Second-hand smoke is a Class A carcinogen linked to cancer, increased risk of heart disease and respiratory illness. Outdoor concentrations of second-hand smoke have been found to rival those of indoor second-hand smoke during periods of active smoking, depending on the direction of the wind and the distance from the smoker. Children also breathe faster than adults, especially when active, resulting in the potential for greater intake of second-hand smoke toxins.

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Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line, 416-560-8726,
Susan Sperling, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974,



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