Council extends smoking ban

Council agreed today to prohibit the smoking of water-pipes and non-tobacco products on city property.

Any products lit or heated will be barred from areas such as city parks and beaches.

Smoking tobacco has been banned on all outdoor city properties since April 2. Still, the use of water-pipes has become increasingly popular in Ottawa, according to a city staff report addressed to council. “Smoking of non-tobacco substances produces smoke and odours which can irritate the eyes, nose, and throats of members of the public.”