Lumby takes cautious approach with smoking ban

Proposed bylaw impacts children-friendly areas like the pool and skateboard park

The Village of Lumby is proposing a ban on smoking in areas frequented by children

The Village of Lumby is proposing a ban on smoking in areas frequented by children

Smoking will be banned at some Lumby recreational facilities.

Council gave three readings Monday to a bylaw that would prohibit tobacco use in areas popular with children, such as the swimming pool, Oval Park and the skateboard park.

“When smaller children are around, they won’t be around second-hand smoke,” said Coun. Lori Mindnich.

“We want to protect the young ones.”

However, the ban will not impact areas used by adults, such as the ball fields.

Mindnich says compromise is the focus of the bylaw.

“They (adults) have a right to use the park as much as anyone and we just don’t want smoking around the kids,” she said.

Smoking will be allowed at a picnic table near the skateboard park for parents or skateboarders who are old enough to smoke.

The bylaw must still be adopted by council.