Volume 95, Issue 2

Thursday, May 31, 2001


NEWS

France knights Davenport

Summer Games preparations continue

Eating disorder clinic opens at Western

No smokes for you - restaurants smoke-free by 2002

USC and union reach agreement

Robin Hood fanatics invade Western

Study: obesity affects mental health

News Briefs

No smokes for you - restaurants smoke-free by 2002

By Chris Lackner
Gazette Staff
Smokers beware – soon you will no longer be welcome in London's restaurants.

On Jan. 1 2002, London's smoking bylaw, developed in 1995, will take affect, banning cigarette smoke from all restaurants and coffee shops within the city.

Dan Smith, manager of University Students' Council bars and restaurants, said it is not yet clear how the bylaw will affect The Wave and The Spoke, but acknowledged The Wave in particular could be singled-out by the new regulations.

Ruby Brewer, chair of the Council for a Tobacco-Free Community, said her council, along with the London branch of the Ontario, Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association, developed a joint proposal for City Council in 1995 that led to London's smoking by-law.

Recently, the London branch of the ORHMA, announced its intention to research a ventilation system that would eliminate second-hand smoke without an all-out ban.

"If you think bars will be left alone, you have to be dreaming," said Dan Baker, a spokesperson for the London branch of the ORHMA, citing his belief an expanded bylaw to cover bars and pubs will follow the Jan. 1 implementation.

.Baker added ventilation technology has greatly advanced since 1995 and believes an effective ventilation system can provide the comparable air quality of a non-smoking environment.

"We cannot entertain the idea of a ventilation system – it has not proven anywhere in the world to entirely prevent second-hand smoke," Brewer explained.

She said the council would eventually like to see the bylaw strengthened to include bars and bingo halls.

Joe Swan, a member of City Council's Board of Control, said he does not see any additional restrictions being taken by council at this point, noting the only glitch which needs to be worked out in the bylaw is a clearer definition of what constitutes a restaurant as opposed to a bar.


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