Lake Country targets smoking

Council gave two readings to a bylaw Tuesday that would ban smoking in parks and beaches

Lake Country is ready to butt out.

Council gave two readings to a bylaw Tuesday that would ban smoking in parks and beaches and within 7.5 metres of public buildings.

“Smoking is a significant health issue and second hand smoke is a significant health issue,” said Coun. Owen Dickie.

“I recognize that smokers have rights but they are a minority and they have to recognize that. It creates a more pleasurable environment for non-smokers.”

The district was urged by the Canadian Cancer Society and the Interior Health Authority to take action.

“Community awareness will be a part of the launch strategy along with signage throughout the community,” said Holly Flinkman, human resources and safety manager, in a report.

Mayor James Baker supports the bylaw.

“If you sit at a beach and smoke comes your way, it’s quite obnoxious,” said Baker, a former smoker.