Volume 95, Issue 86

Friday, March 15, 2002
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By Jessica Leeder
Gazette Staff

Despite opposition surrounding its implementation, on-campus bars seem to be adjusting to London's new smoking bylaw.

According to Andrew Mes, manager of The Spoke, both campus restaurants have had success implementing the ban. "We haven't really had any trouble and if people forget and light up – we just ask them to go outside and put it out," he said.

The bylaw does not effect The Grad Club because it is a private club.

Graham Pollett, medical officer of health for the London-Middlesex Health Unit, said the health unit undertook a bylaw education drive in January to notify local establishments. Health inspectors have recently been visiting restaurants to clarify any confusion, he added.

According to the bylaw, an establishment is considered a bar if its alcohol sales account for more than two-thirds of its total revenue.

"If the restaurant is in non-compliance, a summons is issued as opposed to tickets," Pollett said, adding customers who refuse to comply with the bylaw will be ticketed.

Ward 10 city councillor Gord Hume said, to date, the results of the bylaw are pleasing. "I think a strong majority of society today has decided that they prefer non-smoking," he said.

Mary Lou Albanese, manager for chronic disease and injury prevention at the Middlesex-London Health Unit, said a maximum fine can reach $5,000. She added establishments cannot be fined during the appeal process.

To date, Pollett confirmed the health unit have handed three restaurants a summons to court because of smoking violations, one of which was The Symposium Cafe, formerly The Plantation Coffee and Tea Company.

"Overall, we have been pleased with the response of restaurants to the ban," Pollett said. "Enforcement has been made a priority for the public health inspectors."

Officials from The Symposium Cafe refused to comment.

–with files from Kelly Marcella and Jillian Van Acker

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