Winnipeg’s community services committee will vote on a bylaw change next week that will ban smoking on Winnipeg patios starting April 1, 2018.
Winnipeg is the last major Canadian city without a patio smoking ban. The ban will include cigarettes, cigars, pipes, e-cigarettes, water pipes, hookahs and “similar products/devices” on outdoor patios where food or drinks are served.
The City performed a random telephone survey of 600 adults. The survey found that 76 per cent supported a patio smoking ban at restaurants and 58 per cent supported a ban at bars.
Bars can continue to allow smoking in outdoor areas on private property but they must be permanent areas where no food or drinks are served.