Surrey council will be considering a staff proposal soon to amend the city’s smoking bylaw to include vapourizing (vaping) and e-cigarettes in city bylaws. And soon, those who inhale or exhale vaper will face the same restrictions as smokers, unable to puff at bus stops, near doorways and a host of other public places.
“In June, 2015, Calgary City Council passed a bylaw banning the use of e-cigarettes and vapourizers everywhere the use of tobacco cigarettes were currently banned,” a staff report to council Monday states. “Surrey would be the first city in British Columbia to prohibit vapourizing and e-cigarettes the same way (tobacco) cigarettes are prohibited.”
If passed, it will prohibit vaping on transit, at bus shelters, in a customer service area or within 7.5 meters of any opening to a building.
“These smoking devices will be treated the same as a common cigarette when referring to the smoking bylaw regardless of the substance inside the device,” the staff report says.