Toronto Health Board ponders banning smokers from patios
Toronto's Public Health Board is recommending an all-out smoking ban outside restaurants and bars, public buildings, on sports fields, public squares and outside shopping malls, just to name a few.
The suggestion is in a Toronto Public Health report released last month that aims to protect residents from second-hand smoke.
On Monday, the Board will decide whether the move the proposal into the public input stage.
If that happens, a final decision on expanding Toronto's no-smoking bylaws could come as soon as next year.
Right now, Toronto has bylaws to prevent smoking in indoor workplaces, public spaces, commercial vehicles and within 9 metres of playgrounds and wading pools.