It could become more difficult to smoke in public places in Enderby.

It could become more difficult to smoke in public places in Enderby.

Enderby officials ready to butt out public smoking

Recommendation calls for smoking to be banned within six metres of playgrounds

It could increasingly be difficult for smokers to light up in Enderby.

The Enderby and District Services Commission is recommending to city council that smoking be banned within six metres of playgrounds.

“There are lots of other options for people to enjoy their cigarettes,” said Tundra Baird, a commission director.

The EDSC will also install no smoking signs at Enderby playgrounds, and monitor feedback about restricting smoking at the Tuey Park beach to a designated area.

And to discourage cigarette butts from being dumped into the Shuswap River, the commission will consider ashtrays along the river walk as part of 2017 budget discussions.

The commission recently conducted a public survey on smoking and 113 people participated.

The results showed that 84.1 per cent wanted smoking banned near playgrounds while 69 per cent don’t want it on beaches. Of the 20 smokers surveyed, 55 per cent supported some form of regulations in parks.

Seven per cent of all respondents stated smoking should be allowed in all locations.

“We heard that the (non-smoking) area away from buildings should be expanded and cigarette butts are a big issue,” said director Brad Case.

Case admits that enforcement of the rules could be challenging, so he says the focus will primarily be awareness.

“We hope people will comply on their own,” he said.

Under Enderby city bylaws, smoking is prohibited in an area that is within six metres of a door, window or air intake of a place which is open to the public or is a workplace.

“We are essentially eliminating smoking from downtown because there’s not that much space from a door entrance to a sidewalk,” said Baird, who is a city councillor along with Case.