The Ottawa Board of Health voted Monday night to postpone the ban on the use of water pipes and e-cigarettes in public places in the city.
The Council wishes to wait and see if the province will include such prohibitions in its own laws. In November, city council asked the Board of Health to look into the city's smoke-free regulations to include water pipes and e-cigarettes. However, last month Ontario proposed new rules to limit the use of medical marijuana and vaping in public places across the province.
For Gillian Connelly of Ottawa Public Health, however, the changes proposed by the province do not go far enough. She believes Ontario should consider banning the use of water pipes in public places. " These changes must be made at the provincial or federal level, because I believe that if we do something locally, it will only be fragmentary », She believes. Ottawa Public Health will monitor the Legislative Assembly's progress on this file and provide an update again in June.
If the new laws do not go far enough, Public Health staff will have to come up with options to strengthen and expand the anti-smoking regulations of Municpality.
source : Here.radio.canada.ca