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Alberta smoke ban in effect

<p>Calgary smokers are being asked to butt out – again.</p>




robin kuniski/for metro calgary


A new Alberta-wide smoking ban came into effect yesterday.





Calgary smokers are being asked to butt out – again.





Though the start of 2007 rang in a Calgary bylaw aimed to ban smoking in the workplace and in restaurants and bars, the new Tobacco Reduction Act implemented Jan. 1 by the provincial government takes things a step further.





The new laws are considered a universal ban — which means that smoking will be forbidden in any public places or workplace.





Along with that, smoking is not permitted within 5 metres of any doorway, window or area of air intake of public places or places of work.





Stores will also be asked to remove retail displays of cigarettes by July 1, and tobacco sales will be banned in public post-secondary institutions, pharmacies and stores that have pharmacies, along with health care facilities by 2009.





All of the provincial parties backed the legislation, which finally put Alberta laws on par with tough smoking policies in other provinces.


 
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