Legions to go smoke-free in '06

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The Ontario Liberals have felt a need to clear the air in the province's Legions.

The Smoke Free Ontario legislation, which recently passed through the legislature, will require all Legion halls across the province to go smoke-free by May 31, 2006.

That's a tighter timeline than Hamilton's municipal anti-smoking by-law. In that, Legion halls were permitted to remain as smoking facilities, during times when only Legion members and their guests were using the building. During public events, or when the hall was rented, it would be required to be smoke-free, according to Heidi McGuire, Health Promotions Specialist for the city's Public Health and Community Services department. That arrangement was meant to remain in place until July 1, 2008, at which time the entire facility would go smoke-free at all times.

Legion president John Bullee isn't phased by the stepped-up schedule of the smoking ban.

"The situation is one that's relatively accepted. It's been coming for a long time," he said. "It has to be accepted; it's provincial legislation. There's no way to fight it. When it comes, we'll just have to do what they want."

The change has received positive feedback from the 80 per cent of Legion members who don't smoke, he added.

Although there have been some rumblings amongst smoking members, Bullee doesn't feel the backlash will have a lasting affect on the club's membership.

"We've had some people who say they'll drop out, but I think it will just be a temporary thing," he said.

On the other hand, there are others who have indicated that they will come once the ban is in place, he added.

Smoke Free Ontario requires all public places and workplaces to go smoke-free by May 31, 2006. No Designated Smoking Rooms will be allowed.

The only exceptions are some psychiatric facilities, hospitals and long-term care facilities, where patients are not permitted to leave the building.

Legions to go smoke-free in '06

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The Ontario Liberals have felt a need to clear the air in the province's Legions.

The Smoke Free Ontario legislation, which recently passed through the legislature, will require all Legion halls across the province to go smoke-free by May 31, 2006.

That's a tighter timeline than Hamilton's municipal anti-smoking by-law. In that, Legion halls were permitted to remain as smoking facilities, during times when only Legion members and their guests were using the building. During public events, or when the hall was rented, it would be required to be smoke-free, according to Heidi McGuire, Health Promotions Specialist for the city's Public Health and Community Services department. That arrangement was meant to remain in place until July 1, 2008, at which time the entire facility would go smoke-free at all times.

Legion president John Bullee isn't phased by the stepped-up schedule of the smoking ban.

"The situation is one that's relatively accepted. It's been coming for a long time," he said. "It has to be accepted; it's provincial legislation. There's no way to fight it. When it comes, we'll just have to do what they want."

The change has received positive feedback from the 80 per cent of Legion members who don't smoke, he added.

Although there have been some rumblings amongst smoking members, Bullee doesn't feel the backlash will have a lasting affect on the club's membership.

"We've had some people who say they'll drop out, but I think it will just be a temporary thing," he said.

On the other hand, there are others who have indicated that they will come once the ban is in place, he added.

Smoke Free Ontario requires all public places and workplaces to go smoke-free by May 31, 2006. No Designated Smoking Rooms will be allowed.

The only exceptions are some psychiatric facilities, hospitals and long-term care facilities, where patients are not permitted to leave the building.

Legions to go smoke-free in '06

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

The Ontario Liberals have felt a need to clear the air in the province's Legions.

The Smoke Free Ontario legislation, which recently passed through the legislature, will require all Legion halls across the province to go smoke-free by May 31, 2006.

That's a tighter timeline than Hamilton's municipal anti-smoking by-law. In that, Legion halls were permitted to remain as smoking facilities, during times when only Legion members and their guests were using the building. During public events, or when the hall was rented, it would be required to be smoke-free, according to Heidi McGuire, Health Promotions Specialist for the city's Public Health and Community Services department. That arrangement was meant to remain in place until July 1, 2008, at which time the entire facility would go smoke-free at all times.

Legion president John Bullee isn't phased by the stepped-up schedule of the smoking ban.

"The situation is one that's relatively accepted. It's been coming for a long time," he said. "It has to be accepted; it's provincial legislation. There's no way to fight it. When it comes, we'll just have to do what they want."

The change has received positive feedback from the 80 per cent of Legion members who don't smoke, he added.

Although there have been some rumblings amongst smoking members, Bullee doesn't feel the backlash will have a lasting affect on the club's membership.

"We've had some people who say they'll drop out, but I think it will just be a temporary thing," he said.

On the other hand, there are others who have indicated that they will come once the ban is in place, he added.

Smoke Free Ontario requires all public places and workplaces to go smoke-free by May 31, 2006. No Designated Smoking Rooms will be allowed.

The only exceptions are some psychiatric facilities, hospitals and long-term care facilities, where patients are not permitted to leave the building.