City attacks illicit hospital smokers

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Three and a half years after Ontario banned smoking on hospital property, illegal tobacco use remains a problem around Sault Area Hospital.

At today’s city council meeting, city attorney Jeffrey King will call for new measures that should increase the number of $ 250 bills issued on or near the hospital.

The current municipal smoking by-law prohibits smoking or vaping anywhere on hospital property or within a nine-meter radius of any entrance or exit to the hospital site.

As the regulations are currently worded, only Algoma public health inspectors can enforce them.

“This has been a matter of concern for some time and may require additional law enforcement support,” King said in a report to Mayor Provenzano and ward councilors.

At today’s meeting, he will demand that 11 security guards from the Sault Area Hospital (SAH) also be allowed to crack down on outlaw smokers.

“The additional administrative staff would be exclusively funded by the SAH,” King said.

“The additional application may result in a slight increase in contravention contributions to the city’s provincial offense revenue and to prosecution liability which is expected to be negligible.”

Today’s city council meeting will be broadcast live on SooToday starting at 4:30 p.m.



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