Calgary isn’t likely to follow its anti-smoking southern neighbours’ lead, but one city alderman wouldn’t rule it out.


Okotoks town council Monday passed the first reading of a bylaw that intends to ban smoking in cars with children present and its author, Stephen Clark, said he was “very happy” it will be taken to a public hearing June 23 and expects it will survive through third reading.


Calgary alderman Dale Hodges, who thinks it’s a matter best handled by the province, said he’s heard of no plans to bring such a smoking bylaw into effect in Calgary.


“But if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that anything is possible, you never know what a council member might bring up,” said Hodges.


Action on Smoking and Health’s Robyn Hauck Okotoks’ efforts, but doesn’t foresee the city ever undertaking such a ban.