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Are e-cigarettes allowed to be used in public places?

As of October 20, 2015, vaping electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are now prohibited from all public places where smoking is currently prohibited. Using an electronic cigarette for the purpose of testing the device, or sampling products used with the device, prior to purchase within an electronic cigarette retailer is currently permitted. 

In sports fields, will there be designated smoking areas for parents watching their children playing sports? Can someone smoke in parking lots near the fields?

This amendment only regulates smoking within 10 metres of sports fields. Residents can smoke outside of that perimeter.

What advice is there for citizens who witness others smoking in public parks? How would I report violations?

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.

What is a business owner's or manager's responsibility for the smoking regulations and cigarette litter?

A business owner must take reasonable steps to ensure that smoking does not take place within non-smoking zones by:

  • Asking people to extinguish the cigarette, cigar, cigarello or pipe 
  • Refusing them service  
  • Requesting they leave 
  • Contacting the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567, if someone refuses to co-operate

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.

Can a bar or restaurant have an exterior smoking pit?

A designated smoking area is allowed as long as the area is not substantially enclosed or a building. Food or liquor may not be served in the smoking area. Any establishment interested in setting up an exterior smoking area should contact Bylaw Services by calling 311.

What can I do to make sure people only smoke in particular areas?

Post signs that tell smokers where smoking is permitted and make your smoking area more inviting by including seating and providing ashtrays.

Is smoking allowed at outdoor festivals?

The City does not enforce the patio provisions of the Public Places Bylaw at outside festivals, such as the Taste of Edmonton in Sir Winston Churchill Square. Food vendors who supply the food and drinks are considered separate from event organizers who set up the tables.

Why are patrons still allowed to smoke at some outside stadium events (i.e. Northlands racetrack)?

Smoking in grandstands isn't governed under the Public Places Bylaw if the grandstand meets the following criteria:

  • It is not attached to a bar or lounge
  • It does not serve food and beverages 
  • It is not a covered or substantially enclosed structure

For organizations that have grandstands that meet these criteria, the management of the facility decides whether to allow smoking. For example, Commonwealth Stadium's management has voluntarily decided they do not want smoking in their facility, while Northlands management has decided to allow smoking.

For More Information



In Edmonton: 311

Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555 and press 0

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