Cornwall Parks and Trails are Smoke-Free

Posted On Wednesday September 30, 2020

The City of Cornwall’s parks and recreational paths are smoke-free as per By-law 2020-040.

This includes…

  • Smoking, carrying, holding, or inhaling a lighted cigar, cigarette, cannabis, or pipe,
  • Vaping, and
  • Spaces that are within 20 metres of any recreational path, except for private residences, the boundaries of a highway, and the RCAFA Wing 424.

“Council made a decision to put in place a by-law that creates a smoke-free environment in our parks and along our trails,” said Mayor Bernadette Clement. “Officers will be promoting awareness as residents become familiar with the Smoking and Vaping in Public Places By-law.”

Residents may report illegal smoking to the City of Cornwall’s by-law department at 613-930-2787 ext. 2310 or to the Eastern Ontario Health Unit at 1-800-267-7120.

“Education about the by-law is our priority,” said Mark Boileau, General Manager of Planning, Development, and Recreation. “Officers will prioritize patterns of non-compliance – specific areas where smokers tend to gather, for example.”

Residents should also be aware of the restrictions within Smoke-Free Ontario Act, 2017, which prohibits smoking or holding lighted tobacco and cannabis and the use of electronic cigarettes at children’s playgrounds and public areas within 20 metres of playgrounds, and within 20 metres of the property of a community centre.

Click here to visit the Smoke-Free Parks and Trails page.

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