Bylaw addresses smoking, vaping and cannabis on public property
On November 12, 2019, Aurora Town Council approved a new smoking bylaw that prohibits smoking on Town property. Town property includes Town Hall, the Joint Operations Centre, all Community Centres, parks, playgrounds, public sports fields, trails and town-owned land but excludes public sidewalks and highways.
For the purposes of the bylaw, smoking is defined as the holding or carrying of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe, e-cigarette, electronic vaporizer or any other lighted, heated or otherwise activated smoking or vaporizing equipment that contains any tobacco, cannabis or other substance or product.
Anyone found guilty of violating the bylaw may face a fine between $100 and $5,000 for a first conviction. Second or subsequent convictions could result in fines between $250 and $10,000.
Additionally, the Smoke-Free Ontario Act does not permit smoking or vaping in certain public areas. For example, you cannot smoke or vape on a patio of any bar or restaurant, including the public areas within nine metres of the patio.
Under the Town’s smoking bylaw, smoking or vaping in a vehicle is prohibited on Town property. Also, under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act, smoking and/or vaping in vehicles with passengers 15 years of age or younger is strictly prohibited. Smoking or vaping cannabis in a vehicle is against the law and is a serious risk to public safety.
This bylaw has been posted to the Town’s website and can be located at aurora.ca/bylaws.