2015

Jul 21, 2015 Return to Headlines

Proposal to Increase Fines for Smoking in Coquitlam Parks

by Kevin Henkelman |

COQUITLAM, BC, July 21, 2015 – Individuals caught smoking in Coquitlam parks may soon face higher fines through the summer months. 

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. Currently, violators face a fine of $75.00.

However, the risk of smoking becomes especially dangerous during drier summer months – as evidenced by this year’s record-setting heat and drought, and the accompanying fire risk.

Despite public awareness on the topic, cigarette butts remain one of the leading causes of fires in parks, forests and dry grass.

As such, if the final reading of the bylaw amendment is approved on July 27, individuals found violating the Smoking Control Bylaw would be subject to a $500 fine ($400 for payment within 14 days). 

Residents who see someone smoking in the park can call Bylaws at 604-927-7387 or 604-927-3085, or email bylaw_enforcement@coquitlam.ca.

To report a fire, call 9-1-1.

For more on Coquitlam’s Smoking Control Bylaw, visit www.coquitlam.ca/bylaws.

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Media contact:
Andrea McDonald
Manager, Bylaw and Animal Control Services
604-927-7378