The Town of Strathmore has been given an award for creating smoke-free public spaces.
The town has been recognized as part of the Awards of Excellence in Tobacco Reduction and Councilor Lorraine Bauer, who accepted the award on the towns behalf, says she’s “really proud of the town’s efforts to create outdoor public spaces that are inclusive for everyone.”
“That means that if you go to an outdoor patio, a grandstand, a playground, even our waterpark in Kinsmen Park, all of that area is all non-smoking. We really want to make sure that when people are enjoying fresh air, that’s exactly what it is,” Bauer said.
Bauer also wants to remind people that “the canal areas are also public areas, our sports fields and any of our bike parks, our skate park and bike park is right by young people.” and she wants people to know those spaces are all non-smoking spaces.
“Some people didn’t know the off-leash dog park in the industrial area is actually an outdoor public space, so it is a nonsmoking area.” Bauer said, “People have actually been quite surprised and thankful they’re able to enjoy walking their dog in a non-smoking area.”
The award was given out by the Action on Smoking and Health (ASH). ASH is a non-profit organization that runs in Edmonton, Alberta.
They work with the Canadian Cancer Society and many other different non-profit and local associations to prevent smoking related illnesses to try and extinguish smoking in Alberta.