In Nova Scotia, over 1,700 people die each year from smoking-related illness. Sadly, 200 more die from being exposed to second-hand smoke.
Even if you don’t smoke, the unfortunate truth is that just being near someone who is smoking puts you at risk of developing lung, larynx and pharynx cancers. Smoke-free outdoor spaces can help reduce that risk. Join the movement.
Creating smoke-free outdoor spaces protects people – especially children – from second-hand smoke exposure. Research conducted by Statistics Canada shows that when smoking bans have been implemented, smokers have chosen to quit or cut back. It also helps prevent children from thinking smoking is a normal, social activity. If children don’t see adults smoking they are less likely to begin themselves.
Municipalities throughout the province are developing comprehensive smoke-free outdoor spaces bylaws. You can join HRM, the Municipality of the County of Colchester, the Town of Kentville, the Town of Wolfville, the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg, the Town of Lunenburg, and others, by making your outdoor spaces smoke free.
Smoke-free places signage
Smoke-Free Nova Scotia has collaborated with the Department of Health and Wellness and the Nova Scotia Health Authority to develop signage for smoke-free outdoor spaces. The signage was tested in focus groups of people who smoke to ensure that it met the twin goals of:
- Clearly communicating where smoking is not permitted
- Ensuring that all people feel welcome when entering the smoke-free locations
To get smoke-free places signage, please contact us.