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Tobacco protection

Protecting individuals from exposure to tobacco smoke is the most important means for reducing potential harm to non-smokers, as well as significantly contributing to prevention efforts, decreased smoking prevalence, reduced consumption rates and increased quit attempts.

Smoke-free VCH

On September 1, 2016, the Tobacco and Vapour Products Control Act came into effect in BC, replacing the Tobacco Control Act. The new legislation extends existing laws around tobacco to vapour products and regulates the sale, display, promotion, and use of both products.

Under the new Act, the use of tobacco or vapour products is not permitted inside substantially enclosed public or work places, or within six metres of doorways, air intakes, and windows open to any substantially enclosed public or work place. The use of either product is prohibited on health board property, which includes all Vancouver Coastal Health premises, facilities, and grounds. Moreover, there will not be designated smoking areas for either product on any property owned or operated by VCH.

The regulation authorizes VCH enforcement officers to take enforcement action if smoking is occurring on the property of any facility owned or operated, contracted or funded by VCH. Non-compliance on health authority property could result in enforcement action against individual tobacco or vapour product users.

Encouraging smoke-free environments

VCH supports smoke-free places and actively encourages our communities to strengthen local bylaws to protect their citizens from second hand smoke. Several of our communities - including Vancouver, Whistler and Richmond - have enacted legislation stricter than what is required in the provincial legislation.

Creating smoke-free places is an important health protective measure. Making your home and vehicle smoke-free are simple ways that you can make a difference for yourself and loved ones.

VCH is smoke-free

VCH sites became smoke-free on March 31, 2008,. Smoking is not permitted on VCH properties, including all buildings and grounds.

Smoke-free signage

How to make your outdoor event smoke-free

Second-hand smoke is harmful and is not safe in any amount. Create a healthy and safe environment for all by making your event smoke-free. By making your event smoke-free there will also be less unsightly tobacco waste/litter and this will help in decreasing your cost of cleaning up. Thank you for your efforts in making your event-smoke-free!

How to make your event smoke-free:

  1. Review and follow steps outlined in the Smoke-Free Outdoor Event Planning Guide (download below)
  2. Print signage for your event (download below) OR order as a vinyl sign by contacting the VCH Tobacco Reduction program at (604) 675-3801 or email: smokefree@vch.ca 
  3. Place signage throughout event venue and communicate with staff about smoke-free status and how to handle non-compliance

Children and tobacco smoke

Second-hand smoke is harmful to everyone including babies and children. Ensuring a smoke-free environment for babies and children whose bodies are developing is vital. Also, pregnant women who use tobacco should think about taking steps to protect their babies from the harmful chemicals and nicotine in tobacco. Learn more through the following resources.

Links to provincial, municipal and federal smoking regulations

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