Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Smoke-Free Ontario Act leaves many at risk - sign petition today!

When it comes to breathing in second hand smoke many of us already know the dangers that come along with inhaling the many toxins found in cigarettes. So in an effort to help protect it's citizens many years ago the Province of Ontario introduced the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. Which was created to help restrict the areas in which people are allowed to smoke. This is in place to help and protect people including children and youth from the harmful affects associated with second hand smoke. Currently the Smoke-Free Ontario Act restricts people from smoking in many public areas covering bar and restaurant outdoor patios, child care facilities, hospitals, schools, vehicles with children inside, common areas of hotels, motels and inns as well as around children’s playgrounds. 

Currently the Smoke-Free Ontario Act does nothing to protect a certain part of our population. That would be those of us who live in multi-unit residences mainly those living in apartment buildings. First of all it does do a few good things including prohibiting residents from smoking in any common areas of condos and apartment buildings. This would include elevators, stairwells, hallways, parking garages, laundry facilities, lobbies, exercise areas and party or entertainment rooms.

But the Smoke-Free Ontario Act actually does not restrict smoking in and around apartment building entrances - which are common areas often used by residents and visitors. Unfortunately, the Act treats main entrances of multi-unit residences as if they were the front door to someone's apartment. Treating them this way means the main entrances of apartment buildings across Ontario will remain as a gather place for smokers. It truly makes no sense as to why apartment building entrances are not included on the list of common areas. After all a common area is defined as an area which is available for use by more than one person. That is why I am launching a petition at (Click Here) encouraging Dr. Eric Hoskins & the Ontario Government to update Ontario's Smoke-Free Act - requesting that main entrances of multi-unit residences be added to the list of common areas cover by the act.

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