(Via Bayshore Shopping Centre)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, August 11, 2016 – Beginning August 15, 2016,
Bayshore Shopping Centre will be going entirely smoke-free, prohibiting
smoking throughout their western Ottawa property.
The smoke-free initiative is a first-of-its-kind for a shopping centre in
the city, banning smoking in all indoor and outdoor spaces, including
entrances, parking areas and sidewalks. Those wishing to light up will be
asked to leave the property.
The campaign will include new signage, as well as the removal of exterior
ashtrays and common smoking areas. The initiative will be enforced at all
times, including after shopping centre hours.
“Bayshore Shopping Centre’s new smoke-free initiative is in place to
improve our shoppers’ experience, and contribute to a healthier, greener
centre,” said Denis Pelletier, General Manager, Bayshore Shopping Centre.
“Because cleaner air just makes sense.”
Currently, Ottawa boasts the lowest rate of smokers in Ontario, with fewer
than 11 per cent of residents opting to light up. In 2012, the City of
Ottawa went smoke-free, prohibiting smoking in city-owned outdoor spaces,
including parks, markets and beaches, as well as all restaurant and bar
patios. Legislation on interior spaces was introduced in 2001.
In 2014, a study estimated that each smoker would cost their employer an
average of $5,816, stemming from absenteeism, reduced productivity related
to nicotine addiction, smoke breaks and health care costs.