July 21, 2015 3:13 pm

Saskatoon one step closer to e-cigarette ban

A person poses with an electronic cigarette, or e-cigarette. The City of Saskatoon is one step closer to banning e-cigarettes from city-owned facilities.

AP Photo / Tim Ireland, PA

SASKATOON –Saskatoon has moved one step closer to banning electronic cigarettes in public places. On Monday, the city’s planning committee unanimously approved a recommendation to ban the e-cigarettes from all city-owned buildings.

The ban, if approved by city council, would also include pools, seating areas of outdoor sports facilities and within nine metres of entrances to civic buildings.

A change to the smoking control bylaw would also ban vaping in bars, restaurants and cafes.

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The issue over the use of e-cigarettes came up after the devices were used on Saskatoon Transit and on city property.

Saskatoon currently has no legislation prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes in a public place. The current city bylaw only applies to tobacco.

The recommendation to ban e-cigarettes will now go before city councillors when they meet on Aug. 20.

Martensville and Warman have already prohibited the use of e-cigarettes in city-owned, operated, leased facilities and restaurants, licensed premises and various outdoor facilities.

With files from The Canadian Press

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