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99.4% Compliance with New Smoking Bylaw

WINNIPEG - January 21, 2002 - Councillor Jae Eadie, Chair of Protection and Community Services, today reported a 99.4% compliance rate with the new smoking bylaw, after requesting an update from the Civic Administration.

"By anyone's standards, the introduction of this bylaw has gone smoothly, and citizens and businesses alike are adjusting their behavior with very little fanfare," said Councillor Eadie. "We expected there would be a few bumps, as there always is when change is introduced. But clearly the vast majority of people were ready and able to adjust to a rule aimed at protecting the health of our children."

The bylaw, which went into effect three weeks ago on January 1, 2002, prohibits smoking in public places where children are allowed. The bylaw was debated and approved by Council on July 18, 2001, with twelve Councillors in favor and three opposed (one absent.) The bylaw that was approved includes the stipulation that it shall be reviewed after one year.

19,000 establishments are affected by the bylaw. According to Environmental Health Services, it has received complaints against fewer than 1% of establishments since January 1st. Inspectors investigate all valid complaints. Zero charges have been laid because establishments are following inspector's suggestions.

"Inspectors for the City of Winnipeg and Provincial Public Health have been working collaboratively and report that verbal and written orders have been issued on all valid complaints," said Councillor Eadie. "Once an inspector has explained the specific problem, there has been virtually 100% compliance. Businesses are clearly taking this bylaw seriously, and as a result we have not had to resort to any charges."

Smoking Bylaw Quick Facts

  • Prohibits smoking in public places which admit minors
  • Council debated and approved bylaw on July 18, 2001 by vote of 12 to 3
  • City spends $150,000 to inform business community about new bylaw
  • 19,000 establishments affected
  • 99.4% compliance with the bylaw
  • 122 complaints received against .06% of establishments
  • All valid complaints investigated and corrections made to conform with rules
  • Zero charges have been necessary
  • Council to review bylaw after one year in operation (January 2003)

Last update: 01.02.2004

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