KCCA introduces outdoor smoking policy
For Immediate Release
St. Thomas – Effective May 1, 2019 Kettle Creek Conservation Authority’s (KCCA) conservation areas are limiting smoking and vaping at Lake Whittaker and Dalewood Conservation Areas to registered campsites and designated smoking areas.
“Conservation Areas are great places for people to be active and connect with nature,” says Elizabeth VanHooren, general manager for KCCA, “Further health benefits are gained when our outdoor spaces are smoke-free. An outdoor smoking policy protects our environment, reduces litter in our natural spaces and ensures our visitors are not exposed to the dangers of second-hand smoke.”
“It is important for our visitors to be aware of these changes as people begin to plan their summer vacations,” says VanHooren. Maps showing the designated smoking areas are available on KCCA’s web site and will be available in the upcoming 2019 visitor’s guide. Physical signs will also be posted in designated smoking areas.
KCCA defines smoking and vaping as outlined in the Smoke Free Ontario Act. “Smoking” means smoking (inhaling and exhaling) or holding lighted tobacco or cannabis (medical or recreational). “Vaping” means inhaling or exhaling vapour from an electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) or holding an activated e-cigarette, whether or not the vapour contains nicotine.
Campers are reminded that smoking is limited to their registered campsite and designated smoking areas. Campers who have already booked for 2019 but no longer wish to camp due to the updated rule may apply for a full refund provided a refund request form is submitted prior to May 1, 2019. Staff will continue to evaluate options for further smoke free initiatives in the future. A survey will be circulated and based on feedback from visitors, KCCA may introduce additional policies including designating smoke-free campsites in certain areas of the conservation area and/or extending smoke-free policies to other day-use areas and hiking trails.
Kettle Creek Conservation Authority