Ottawa Board of Health holds off on hookah, e-cigarette ban

May 6, 2016

The board approved recommendations from the City of Ottawa's top doctor to monitor the province's progress on new legislation and encourage Ontario's health minister to further strengthen the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and the Electronic Cigarettes Act.

"Our next steps in terms of that is to write letters to the province and the federal government, indicating that these are some of the gaps that they need to be addressing," said Gillian Connelly, Ottawa Public Health's manager of health promotion and disease prevention.

Any bylaws the city brought in would be "piecemeal" and real change needs to happen at the provincial and federal levels, she said.

"At the local level what we're going to be doing is prevention and protection," said Connelly. read more

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