Stricter Smoking Laws Coming to Québec

Stricter Smoking Laws Coming to Québec

Quebec City (Quebec) 4 May 2015 – The present provincial government wants to finally pass legislation on a law for smoking that has been sitting on the shelf since 2010. The new bill, which would prohibit smoking at outdoor sidewalk cafés and café terraces as well as smoking in a vehicle with children, never got its day in parliament because of bureaucracy and elections. The idea was actually presented back in 2010 by the present premier, Philippe Couillard, when he was in charge of public health under the Charest Liberals.

The idea is to protect children from the effects from second hand smoke which is prevalent in vehicles where the adults smoke, causing the children, usually attached to a car seat or booster seat, to inhale the second hand smoke.

Similar laws have been passed in other provinces, meaning Québec is a little bit behind on this particular subject. As for the outdoor eating areas, second hand smoke has become an issue, especially for those who don’t smoke, including children, as inhaling someone else’s smoke can turn a pleasant meal into a very unpleasant experience.

According to the premier, it has taken a long time to bring the issue to parliament because of consultation with various groups involved, including the rights of smokers, but now that everyone has had their say the interim minister of Health, Lucie Charlesbois, is ready to present the bill to parliament as soon as possible.

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