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NVCA Conservation Areas have gone Smoke-free ​

Cigarette butts in a tree stump.jpgStarting in 2020, all forms of smoking will be prohibited in all conservation areas and other outdoor spaces owned and managed by the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA), except in parking lots.

The restriction on smoking includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing any form of tobacco, smoking, using medical and non-medical cannabis and electronic cigarettes (vaping).

Smoke-free outdoor spaces can help reduce health risks of second hand smoke, as there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, even in outdoor spaces. Seeing and smelling smoke can normalize smoking for youth, and can provide sensory cues, triggering relapse for people who are trying to quit smoking.

Tobacco is also a major source of litter in communities and on beaches. The plastic in cigarette butts are made from a type of plastic that does not biodegrade. It eventually breaks down into smaller components which remains in the natural environment.​

For more information, contact Kyra Howes, Manager, Lands & Operations at khowes@nvca.on.ca or 705-424-1479 x 259