CORNER BROOK — Corner Brook’s city-owned-and-operated recreational facilities and open green spaces are now smoke free.
Council approved the new healthy indoor and outdoor environments policy at its regular public meeting Monday evening.
“The negative health effects of tobacco smoke are well researched and documented with second hand smoke to be equally dangerous,” the city policy states. “Involuntary exposure to this smoke can be controlled by eliminating tobacco use on city-owned properties.”
The policy will supplement the provincial policy and regulations or any third party using such a facility that has a policy. The city will also not accept contributions or gifts or other sponsorships from tobacco companies that require advertising of their products either in print, through electronic media or upon City of Corner Brook owned property as a condition of sponsorship.
The relevant areas will receive appropriate signage.
Although the emphasis is on voluntary compliance, but, if unsuccessful, the city has a number of avenues to use.
Contractors will receive a verbal request to comply, and then asked to leave if they refuse. City employees will comply as per the existing City of Corner Brook policy.
Users, coaches, visitors, spectators, and other people attending found violating the policy will be asked to stop or leave the facility for the rest of that event.
Margaret Bowater Park
Jubilee Baseball Field
Ambrose O’Reilly Sports Fields
Wellington Street Sport Complex
Fred Basha A Diamond
Kinsmen Municipal Skate Board Park
The Corner Brook Curling Club
The Pepsi Centre
Source: City of Corner Brook