Surrey banning e-cigarettes where smoking isn’t allowed

City of Surrey will also ban smoking at bus stops

SURREY — The City of Surrey is banning e-cigarettes and vaporizers in public places where conventional cigarettes aren’t allowed.

City council approved and gave the bylaw amendments third reading Monday night.

“These smoking devices will be treated the same as a common cigarette… regardless of the the type of substance being used inside the device,” the City of Surrey report report notes.

Calgary City Council enacted similar legislation in June 2015 and Vancouver enacted a similar ban in 2014.

Currently, the provincial Tobacco and Vapour Control Act prohibits smoking cigarettes and vapour products within 600 metres of public or workplace buildings, doorways, windows and air intakes.

The city defines an e-cigarette as a device that contains an “electronic or battery-powered heating element capable of vaporizing an e-substance for inhalation or release into the air.”

New provincial rules were finalized on Sept. 1 that prohibits the use of these products in public places in the same way as cigarettes.

But the city wants to take it one step further.

Surrey also plans to ban smoking at bus stops, following complaints from transit users about people lighting up there.

A staff report recommended changes to Surrey’s smoking bylaw that would prohibit anyone from smoking within 7.5 metres of a bus bench, bus pole or a bus shelter.

City council approved the recommendations Monday.

amy.reid@thenownewspaper.com

Just Posted

SURREY EVENTS: ‘Classic Scary Movie Marathon’ for Halloween, and more

Concerts, plays, fundraisers and other events in our weekly guide for Surrey

Halloween Calendar

Family friendly events happening around Surrey

Surrey landlord’s petition to overturn RTB decision fails

Case involved former tenant evicted from basement suite on grounds his landlord needed it for family

PHOTOS: ‘Young at Heart’ seniors sing and dance again in Surrey ‘bursary show’

The Vaudevillians on Surrey Arts Centre’s main stage Nov. 2-3

Rick Hansen Foundation gives Surrey $105K to make washrooms more accessible

The grants will be used for accessibility upgrades at eight civic sites across the city

Scheer, Trudeau, Singh haggle over potential minority government outcome

If you believe the polls, it appears the Liberals and Conservatives are neck-and-neck

Canucks beat Stanley Cup champs 4-3 in a shootout

Leivo nets winner, Vancouver dumps St. Louis for fourth straight win

‘The more you test, the more you find’: Beef recalls a sign of success, experts say

Despite appearances, experts say a recent rise in major recalls is not a sign of food supply problems

Workers at four Vancouver hotels ratify contract with higher wages, job security

Unite Here Local 40 president Zailda Chan says it’s the first hotel strike in Vancouver in nearly two decades

Japanese buyer expands wood pellet contract with B.C.’s Pinnacle

Mitsui and Co. increases contract with Interior energy producer

ELECTION 2019: Have Justin Trudeau’s Liberals really cut middle-class taxes?

Conservative Andrew Scheer vows to cut bottom bracket, NDP’s Jagmeet Singh targets wealth tax

B.C. RCMP officer suing the force for malicious prosecution

Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth cleared of wrongdoing after misconduct hearing

UPDATE: Vehicle located and driver arrested in relation to fatal hit-and-run

Male pedestrian in his 50s died after being struck by vehicle on Highway 11 in Abbotsford

Talk to your kids about vaping, B.C.’s top doctor says

B.C. health officials have discovered the first vaping-related illness in the province

Most Read