Smokers in Victoria, B.C., could soon be pushed from the fringes of society and relegated to private property — if they are lucky enough to own any — should a plan to expand the city's smoking bylaws come to pass.
British Columbia's capital is considering expanding its laws, which are already among the strictest in the country, and could go so far as to include all public parks as well as seven-metre buffers around every door and window in the city.
The result would be a nearly-complete patchwork of smoke-free zones that would leave smokers without a legal place to light up, save for the confines of their homes and cars. And those who rent in non-smoking apartments and don't have cars? No cigarettes for them.
According to the National Post, some councillors are now pushing for the creation of safe zones where Victoria's smokers can "kill themselves in peace."
That comment comes from a local councillor who sympathizes with the region's approximately 30,000 smokers. Ben Isitt has urgedRead More »from Proposed bylaw would effectively ban public smoking in Victoria, B.C.