Smoke Free Ottawa: A Visual History of Ottawa’s No Smoking By-Law

Smoke Free Ottawa: A Visual History of Ottawa’s No Smoking By-Law


The City of Ottawa is world renowned for it’s
proud heritage, cultural diversity, distinctive
neighbourhoods and boundless recreational
opportunities in its great outdoors. It is
a city that continuously strives to improves
the quality of life and health for it’s residents
and visitors. For decades the City of Ottawa
has been a leader by implementing innovative
tobacco control and prevention programs to
prevent youth and young adults from starting
to smoke, protect residents and visitors from
second hand smoke, and help people to quit
smoking. Let’s take a look back at our journey
to a smoke free Ottawa. The first real drive
for smoking restrictions began in the 1970s
when non-smokers started asking for cleaner
air. In 1976 The City of Ottawa passed Canada’s
first real no smoking by-law. Throughout the
80’s knowledge of the negative health effects
of second hand smoke began to grow. A number
of important tobacco control policies were
enacted in the 90s. By the late 1990s the
harmful effects of second hand smoke were
well known. In Ottawa, smoking rates for adults
were high sitting at 24%. The City and community
partners, including the Ottawa Council on
Smoking or Health began working on the most
important public health intervention of its
time. Ottawa’s indoor smoking by-law. Vital
to this campaign was Heather Crowe, an Ottawa
waitress for more than 40 years, non-smoker
who died of lung cancer from exposure to second
hand smoke. She went nation-wide across the
province, across the country, even to additional
countries. She travelled internationally.
And She made a huge difference because we
didn’t realize it a the time but the Ottawa
by-law was a real tipping-point for smoke-free
legislation in Canada, in the United States
and around the world. So this is a big-bold
achievement and I’m certainly proud to have
been a part of it, and proud to have worked
with some wonderful people; Heather Crowe
and the staff at Ottawa Public Health in the
process. In 2001 Ottawa City Council unanimously
passed a precedent setting by-law that made
all of
ottawa public

Leave a Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *