May 21, 2004
"Smoke-free public places are good for health, good for communities and good for business," said Councillor John Filion, Chair of the Toronto Board of Health. "People prefer to breathe clean air and now they have the opportunity to go out and enjoy smoke-free restaurants and bars throughout the GTA."
In a mock bar setting, Councillor Filion; York Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch; Durham Regional Chair Roger Anderson; and Peel Regional Chair Emil Kolb were joined by comedienne Jessica Holmes, supporter of smoke-free environments for the nightclub and entertainment industry, in toasting a smoke-free GTA.
"Collaboration is what drives success in any kind of project," said Peel Regional Chair Emil Kolb. "The co-ordinated Smoke-Free By-laws of
"It is a fact that smoke-free by-laws make our communities a healthier place to live and work," added York Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. "Research has proven that smoke-free public places not only reduce exposure to second-hand smoke, but also discourage young people from starting to smoke, as well as support smokers who want to quit."
"Through the public consultation process, we heard that there was strong support for a Regional by-law regulating smoking in public places and workplaces," said Durham Regional Chair Roger Anderson. "Durham Region Council heard this message and responded with a by-law that addresses the concerns and wishes of our community."
See attached Fact Sheet for more information.
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Janet Eagleson, Peel Region – 905-791-7800, Ext. 2124