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Smoking bylaw not needed: Councillor

Now that there are two municipalities in Alberta that have made it illegal to smoke in a vehicle when children are present, one may wonder when Edmonton will step on board with a bylaw of their own.

Now that there are two municipalities in Alberta that have made it illegal to smoke in a vehicle when children are present, one may wonder when Edmonton will step on board with a bylaw of their own.

According to Coun. Bryan Anderson, that “when” is a big “if.”

“(If) the province takes the lead on it, it would be easier to enforce,” he said.

Anderson said he hasn’t heard of the initiative being brought forward in Edmonton — and he’s not sure it’s needed.

“By and large, the majority of people in our jurisdiction are already following that line of thinking,” he said.

The City of Leduc’s bylaw ($100 for first offence, $200 for subsequent offences), which was passed last week, will take effect July 2, 2011, following in the footsteps of the Town of Okotoks, which passed its bylaw back in 2008.

Leduc Mayor Greg Krischke said enforcing such a bylaw won’t be easy, but that the city is counting on a public education campaign more than foot patrol enforcement.

Dr. Gerry Predy, Alberta’s senior medical health officer, said he would like to see more communities in the province follow Leduc’s initiative.

Files from the Canadian Press

 
 
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