Policies which aim to limit secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure by restricting spaces where people can smoke have been shown to improve population health and garner a high level of support from the public, health professionals and policy makers. Following local, national and international examples, Vancouver’s Board of Parks and Recreation approved a smoke-free by-law for the city’s parks, beaches, and facilities effective September 1, 2010. Research suggests that such smoke-free by-laws, when enacted indoors, may affect men and women in different ways, but little research has examined the effects of such outdoor smoking bans on women and men and other segments of the population. Such by-laws may have different effects because some people may not have the means to seek out alternative places to smoke, have access to resources to quit smoking, or have other sites for recreation. Hence the aim of this study is to apply a health and health equity lens to examine Vancouver’s smoke free law
Okoli, Chizimuzo T.C.; Pederson, Ann; Chasey, Steve; Rice, Wendy; Long, Phoebe M.; Greaves, Lorraine; Bottorff, Joan L.; Poole, Nancy; and Hemsing, Natalie, "Smoking on the Margins? Assessing the Health Equity Effects of a Smoke-free Law in Parks and Beaches" (2011). Nursing Presentations. 14.