Areas where smoking is permitted on Jasper Avenue from 107 St. to 111 St.
Areas where smoking is permitted on 82 Ave from 109 St to 99 St.
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The City of Edmonton's Public Places Bylaw regulates where smoking is permitted in public places: this includes tobacco, tobacco-like products, vaping and cannabis.
Effective July 1, 2020, tobacco like products are defined as:
"A product, other than a tobacco product, composed in whole or in part of plants or plant products, or any extract of them, and includes shisha and hookah."
Effective October 17, 2018, there are new rules on smoking and vaping.
Smoking will not be permitted within 10 metres of:
In addition, smoking will not be allowed on or within:
Smoking cannabis and tobacco will be permitted in private residences. However, private property owners may establish their own restrictions for smoking on their property.
There are additional provincial and federal rules applicable to cannabis.
In addition to the new rules in the City of Edmonton on tobacco smoking, the Province of Alberta also regulates tobacco smoking in public places through the Tobacco and Smoking Reduction Act. Citizens are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the provincial rules.
Discarded cigarette butts are one of the most common forms of littering in the city. Business owners and managers are responsible for ensuring the area around their business is free of cigarette litter. The city has several programs to help keep Edmonton free of cigarette litter.
You can call 311 or use their online app to report a bylaw concern
Smoking and using e-cigarettes (vaping) is not permitted within 10 meters of a bus stop, bus shelter, or the doorway, window and air intake of a building or patio. This applies to both cannabis and tobacco.
The City is identifying areas where smoking is permitted in dense commercial areas. Ashtrays will be moved to locations where smoking and vaping is permitted. This will take time so the City will begin with Whyte Avenue and Downtown locations.
Policies for the creation of designated smoking areas are still being developed. The City is working towards identifying spots in high-traffic areas for citizens to be able to smoke that follows the 10 meter bylaw criteria. These will be identified and signs placed to help inform citizens.
The doorways and windows do not have to be opened for this rule to apply.
E-cigarettes (vaping) follow the same rules as tobacco and cannabis.
No. A City sports field is defined as parkland that contains a sports field and therefore smoking is prohibited. If a parking lot is within the parkland, smoking is still prohibited.
Residents who witness a violation of the bylaw can discuss your concerns with the smoker. You can also record the address and description of the violation and report it to 311. The ability to enforce individual infractions is limited but areas with high reports can be targeted and patrolled by enforcement officials. Enforcement of the bylaw through targeted blitzes will be used in problem areas on a complaint basis only.
A business owner must take reasonable steps to ensure that smoking does not take place within non-smoking zones by:
An owner or manager may be fined if they do not take these progressive steps to ensure people are not smoking in prohibited areas.
According to the Community Standards Bylaw, a business owner must ensure that there are no nuisances, including cigarette butts, on the sidewalks and boulevards around the property up to the centre line of the adjacent city road.
The fine is $250 for the first offence and may be doubled for the second offence.
If a business owner permits smoking in a prohibited area, the fine is $500 to the business owner.