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May 31, 2005
First anniversary marks success of Smoke-free by-law
  
Councillor John Filion, Chair of the Board of Health, has declared the City’s
Smoke-free by-law a success. Today is World No Tobacco Day and tomorrow, June
1, marks the first anniversary of the extension of the by-law to the City’s
bars.

"We have seen very broad support throughout the hospitality industry. Overall,
the compliance rates have been excellent and bar owners have been very
cooperative," said Councillor Filion.

In the first 12 months of the final phase of the by-law, the compliance rate
was 96 per cent. Toronto Public Health staff made 25,706 enforcement visits to
establishments and found non-compliance during 905 of those visits. While the
set fine under the by-law is $255, the average court-imposed fine in this
period has been $612.

Dr. David McKeown, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, said the smooth
implementation of the by-law achieves several public health goals. "We are
reducing the harm caused by second-hand smoke and creating smoke-free
environments that will make it easier for smokers to quit and for young people
not to start."

Councillor Filion and Dr. McKeown recently appeared before a committee of the
Ontario Legislature to support Bill 164, legislation to prohibit smoking in all
enclosed public places. "We are very pleased the provincial government is going
to create a level-playing field for all municipalities. This will have a
positive effect on public health right across the province," said Councillor
Filion.

Media contacts:
Councillor John Filion, 416-392-0210
Frank Giorno, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974



 

 

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