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Smoking next on B.C. town's to be banned list

First it was fast-food franchises. Now it's smoking.

The Vancouver Island town of Tofino is preparing a bylaw that would ban smoking in the municipality's parks.

Councillor Gord Johns said he came up with the idea after talking to members of the Canadian Cancer Society at a meeting of the Union of B.C. Municipalities.

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Mr. Johns said it doesn't make sense to take children to a park to play next to people who are blowing smoke.

"It's supposed to be a place of health and recreation," he said.

Mr. Johns said the Canadian Cancer Society has already prepared bylaws for such a ban.

Earlier this month, Tofino council directed staff to prepare a report on banning fast-food franchises and big-box stores from the community that draws surfers from across North America.

Staff have not yet delivered that report to council, but the resolution drew national media attention on Tofino.

"I think we should attract some attention around the world and ban smoking in Tofino altogether," joked Mayor John Fraser.

Other organizations have taken steps to ban smoking.

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Two years ago, the Vancouver Island Health Authority banned smoking inside and outside all its facilities but granted an exemption for palliative patients.

Signs at a Tofino elementary school also announce a smoking ban on all School District 70 property.

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