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June 4, 2004
Toronto complies with smoke-free bylaw, residents encouraged to step inside for a breath of fresh air
  
Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Toronto's Acting Medical Officer of Health, says she is very
pleased with this week's successful introduction of the City's no smoking bylaw
to bars.

"We want to thank bar owners and patrons for their co-operation. The vast
majority of establishments are in compliance and we want to encourage everyone
to keep the trend strong as we head into our first weekend with the new rules."

Dr. Yaffe reported that, of 337 bars visited during evening hours since
midnight Monday, only 28 were in violation, for a compliance rate of 92 per
cent.

"This confirms widespread support for a bylaw that will make Toronto a
healthier city," said Councillor John Filion, Chair of the Board of Health.
"Smoke-free rules are good for the health of workers and the general
population. And at the end of the day, they are good for business."

Dr. Yaffe said any establishment not in compliance will be charged with an
offence. "Any bar owner who has received a ticket can expect our health
inspectors to return soon for a follow-up visit. We are enforcing the bylaw
vigorously and for any second offence, we will be issuing a court summons."

The fine for a first offence is $255 dollars. For repeat offences, the courts
determine the penalty, to a maximum fine of $5,000.

Dr. Yaffe encouraged people to show their support for smoke-free hospitality.
"Step inside for a breath of fresh air. And let your local bar and restaurant
owners know that Toronto embraces healthy living."

Media contact:
Mary Margaret Crapper, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7873



 

 

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