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Hamilton reminds recreational facility users to butt out

Tabacco enforcement officers are making their rounds to city-owned recreational facilities in an attempt to educate patrons of Hamilton’s smoking bylaw, which came into effect in May.

The bylaw, according to a release by Hamilton’s Public Health Services, prohibits smoking in or on parks and playgrounds, sports and playing fields, recreation centre properties, arenas and stadium properties, outdoor pools, leash-free dog parks, beaches and skateboard parks.

“It is important for these properties to be smoke-free to protect the health and safety of children and families, who visit recreation centres to participate in physical activity, promote healthy lifestyles, and for positive role modeling for children and youth,” said Dr. Ninh Tran, the city’s associate medical officer of health.

For more information about the bylaw, visit www.hamilton.ca/tobacco.

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