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Urgent Call to Action Regarding Edmonton's Proposed Smoking/Vaping Bylaw
Email City Council in support of smoke-free spaces for YEG kids
On Tuesday, July 10, 2018, Edmonton City Council will be considering a controversial bylaw that will place very limited restrictions on the smoking and vaping of cannabis and tobacco in public places.

The good news is that City Council is planning to align public restrictions on the smoking and vaping of cannabis and tobacco. The bad news is that, if passed, children and youth will be exposed to harmful drug use in many outdoor public places across the city, including parks and public events. 

Ten Alberta municipalities have already banned smoking in parks including Lloydminster, Medicine Hat, Spruce Grove and Sylvan Lake. Eight municipalities have banned smoking at public events including Lloydminster, Red Deer and St. Albert. Edmonton youth deserve similar protection.

Tobacco use is the most widespread and deadly form of drug abuse in Canada. Tobacco use takes the lives of 47,000 Canadians annually, which is 55 times more deaths than those claimed by cannabis use. Any restrictions that can be justified to restrict cannabis use can be easily justified to restrict tobacco use.

Urge Edmonton City Council to protect kids from exposure to harmful drugs in public places

Please email Mayor Don Iveson and your Councillor right away and urge him/her to ban the smoking and vaping of tobacco and cannabis in all parks and at all public events that are accessible to children. 

Let Edmonton City Council know:

You don’t want children and youth exposed to harmful drug use in public places that are intended for healthy, active family activities.

That kids deserve every opportunity to remain drug-free for life and that cannabis legalization should not put children and youth at higher risk.

Modeling is an essential element of childhood development. As a society, we need to model healthy behaviours if we expect to create healthy kids. When young people witness smoking in public, they are more likely to perceive it as acceptable. 
Edmonton City Council can help protect kids from harmful drugs by making all parks and public events completely smoke-free. 

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

Please share this message with your friends and followers after you send a message to Mayor Iveson and your Councillor.
ABOUT US: The APCCP is composed of 17 member organizations representing a broad range of practitioners, policy-makers, researchers, and community organizations who work to coordinate efforts, generate evidence, and advocate for policy change to reduce chronic diseases in Alberta. To see who our members are click here.
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