In October, representatives from the BC Cancer Agency and Interior Health visited Kimberley City Council and asked Council to join the growing list of B.C. communities with much tougher smoke free spaces and smoking bylaws.
What is being suggested is a ban on smoking on City trails, in parks, playgrounds and recreation facilities, both indoor and out; and bar and restaurant patios. Further, they propose a ban on smoking within 7.5 metres of entrances and windows. The current distance is 3 metres.
After it was looked at by the Committee of the Whole, it has been recommended, and Council approved, that staff be directed to work on drafting a new smoking bylaw for the City.