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Jul 28, 2017 Return to Headlines

Smokers Face Hefty Fines in Coquitlam Parks

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC, July 28, 2017 – Individuals caught smoking in Coquitlam parks this summer will face a $500 fine.

Not only is smoking – including e-cigarettes – banned in City parks, but the fine – normally $150 – increases to $500 during summer due to heightened fire risk. 

The City’s Smoking Control Bylaw No. 3037, 1996 states that no one is allowed to smoke in any of the City’s parks at any time. Any person who contravenes the Bylaw is liable for a fine of up to $10,000, with each day of the offence deemed a separate offence. 

Despite public awareness measures, cigarette butts remain one of the leading causes of fires in parks, forests and dry grass. www.coquitlam.ca/seasonalsafety

Coquitlam Fire/Rescue, city staff and bylaws officers are stepping up their patrols this summer and offenders will be ticketed.

Residents should take precautions against accidental fires and be alert to signs of fire. Report any signs of smoke or fire by calling 911 immediately.

For more information about Coquitlam’s Smoking Bylaw, visit www.coquitlam.ca/bylaws

Download related images from our Summer Fire Safety Flickr album.

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Media contact:
Andrea McDonald
Manager Bylaws & Animal Control Services, City of Coquitlam
604-927-7378
amcdonald@coquitlam.ca