Urgent Call to Action Regarding Edmonton's Proposed Smoking/Vaping Bylaw
Email City Council in support of smoke-free spaces for YEG kids

As you have likely heard in the news, Edmonton City Council recently stalled a new bylaw that would protect many children and youth from exposure to smoking in public areas.

Council is now seeking more public input on the proposed bylaw and a public hearing is scheduled for this Wednesday, September 12 at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall. Please mark your calendar if you can attend!

If approved as drafted, this bylaw will help to keep thousands of Edmonton youth drug-free for life by making children’s parks and public events completely smoke-free.

However we need your help to get this bylaw over the finish line.

Please email Edmonton City Council and let them know that you want them to approve the new smoking bylaw.

Here are some good reasons why:

  • Children and youth deserve first-class protection from harmful drug use, including tobacco and cannabis.
  • To a five-year-old, smoking is smoking whether it involves tobacco, cannabis, burning or vaping.
  • Kids learn by watching others. Healthy modeling is more likely to produce healthy kids.
  • Cannabis legalization has the potential to renormalize public smoking—especially among kids.
  • Tobacco kills 55 times more people than cannabis. Tobacco regulation should not take a back seat to cannabis regulation.
  • Allowing smoking and vaping around kids in public places contradicts the City’s Child Friendly Edmonton strategy and its vision to allow kids to thrive in a safe community.
  • Smoking in parks contradicts the City of Edmonton’s Breathe parks strategy and its wellness objectives.
  • Parks should be child-friendly recreation spaces — not smoking sanctuaries where kids are at put at risk.
  • Edmonton should be a health city — not a drug capital.

We need to send City Council a strong message that public health should not take a back seat to cannabis legalization. Be sure to convey your own experience with tobacco or smoking in your message. Your email could make all the difference with a Council member. Don’t underestimate your impact!

Thank you for your prompt response to this important call to action!

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