Lumby smoking regulations move ahead

Council gave three readings to bylaws to ban smoking throughout all parks, at the salmon trail and at bus stops.

Tough anti-smoking rules are another step closer to reality in Lumby.

Council gave three readings Monday to amend bylaws to ban smoking throughout all parks, at the salmon trail and at bus stops.

“This is about public health and safety,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.

“Children start smoking because they see adults smoke. We don’t want children to see smoking modelled. If we can keep kids from starting, we’re ahead of the game.”

Currently, smoking is only prohibited in specific areas frequented by children, such as the playground.

Coun. Lori Mindnich admits the new regulations have generated some public debate.

“I have heard from both sides. Some say they will have to leave areas now and others say, ‘I never smoked around my kids,’” she said.

The sole opposition to the bylaw amendment was Coun. Nick Hodge.

“I don’t think it’s a major concern and it’s not an enforceable bylaw,” he said.

The bylaw amendment could be adopted by council Aug. 10.