Vaping, Medical Cannabis Smoking Now Prohibited in Peterborough Public Parks

Article by Joelle Kovach, Peterborough Examiner

Vaping, medical marijuana smoking now prohibited in Peterborough public parks Peterborough Public Health teaming with city police to enforce updated city public smoking rules NEWS 11:06 AM by Joelle Kovach Examiner Protesters gather outside then Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal’s constituency office raising awareness about the vaping industry on Nov. 24. - Clifford Skarstedt , Examiner

Vaping and smoking medical marijuana are both now prohibited in public parks — just as smoking cigarettes is illegal there, too.

On Monday, city council voted a final time on a new bylaw that bans both vaping and smoking in places such as parks, playgrounds, ball diamonds and beaches.

It’s also not allowed at outdoor festivals such as Peterborough Musicfest.

The fine is $305.

On Tuesday, Peterborough Public Health announced it’s teaming up with the city, city police and Musicfest organizers to remind people it’s illegal to smoke in public places. Police and public health officers will be enforcing the rule this summer — although one health promoter says most people obey.

Keith Beecroft, a health promoter with Peterborough Public Health, said most people who are smoking in public parks are “genuinely unaware” that it’s not allowed — and they’ll butt out if a police officer or bylaw enforcement officer tells them to.

“It’s only when there’s belligerence, or a refusal to comply, that the ticket book comes out,” he said.

Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, the medical officer of health, stated in a press release that there’s no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke.

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