Puff, puff – put it out, Alberta! This week, Banff National Park made a major announcement regarding smoking and/or vaping in public and it could affect you.

As confirmed Tuesday, December 13th, 2022, smoking and vaping tobacco, cannabis or nicotine will soon be illegal in various places in and around the area – though they have made a few exceptions to the upcoming rule.

As written on their website, all products listed above will be prohibited:

  • in Municipal parks/parkettes/green spaces
  • Trails and Pathways
  • Outdoor markets
  • Outdoor events
  • Bus stops
  • Public sidewalks and pedestrian zones
  • in proximity to children not in one’s custody, care or control
  • hospital, school and childcare properties
  • playgrounds, sports and playing fields
  • skateboard and bicycle parks
  • zoos, outdoor theatres
  • public outdoor pools and splash pads
  • within five metres from publicly accessible doorways or windows

The ceremonial use of tobacco, however, will be allowed – as will smoking in certain parking lots, alleyways and on private property.

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Can’t help yourself? Prepare for a $250 to $500 fine if you’re caught lighting up after February 1st, 2023 when the Smoke-Free Public Places Bylaw goes into effect.

In our opinion, it’s not worth it – so be smart and be patient, Alberta,

For more information or for clarification, we suggest you visit the Town of Banff’s official website otherwise, enjoy the smoke-free air!

It’s going to be sweet!