Ban on public cannabis smoking, vaping looms in Greater Victoria


Smoking cannabis and vaping may soon be banned from almost all public places in Greater Victoria. A Capital Regional District committee gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a proposal to add cannabis and e-cigarettes to the clean air bylaw that already bans tobacco smoking in parks, within seven metres of buildings and in other public spaces. Dr. Richard Stanwick, the chief medical health officer for Island Health, said the expanded bylaw is needed to give consistency to provincial regulations on cannabis and vaping, and to protect the public.  Stanwick said both e-cigarettes and cannabis generate “fine particulate matter which are not good for health.” “Each one of them are associated with significant hazards; for example heavy metals with some vaping products,” he said. “With the marijuana smoke we do know of at least 33 known carcinogens.” Tobacco remains the product that carries the highest health hazards, he said. The draft bylaw states no one can carry any type of cigarette, cigar, pipe, hookah pipe, or vaporizing device in parks, except in a private vehicle. Ban on public cannabis smoking, vaping looms in Greater Victoria

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