Non-Smoking Guest Rooms
910 Beach prides itself on its no-smoking policies. All guest rooms and indoor/outdoor public areas are 100% non smoking, and this includes outdoor balconies and patio spaces. If a guest wishes to smoke, please remove yourself at least 20 feet from the property and away from all windows, exits and entrances. Smoking is strictly prohibited in all indoor / outdoor spaces without exception for all public facilities in the City of Vancouver. Smoking on site, either indoors or outdoors will result in a $2000 City bylaw fine.
New tobacco laws passed by the BC Legislature in 2007 are in effect on March 31, 2008. These new laws were introduced to protect employees and the public from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, and to limit the display and promotion of tobacco products to youth.
As of March 31, 2008, it is against the law to:
- smoke in most fully or substantially enclosed public places and workplaces.
- smoke within 3 metres of public and workplace doorways and by open windows and air intakes.
- display tobacco products anywhere where tobacco is sold if accessible to youth under 19.
- Advertise and promote tobacco using certain methods such as countertop displays, hanging advertisements and self-serve displays.
- sell tobacco in public hospitals and health facilities; public universities and colleges; public athletic and recreational facilities; and provincial buildings.
A ban on tobacco use in schools and on school grounds was effective September 2 2007. For more information on tobacco-free schools.
Penalties and fines for breaking the tobacco-free laws
The Tobacco Control Act is enforced through local health authorities. Tobacco Enforcement Officers enforce all aspects of the tobacco-free provisions.
Individuals who smoke in prohibited places will be subject to a fine.
Business managers, owners or lessees have legal responsibilities to prevent people from smoking. They also must abide by the new laws respecting sales, display and advertising of tobacco and tobacco products. Fines and penalties can be levied.
Definition of fully or substantially enclosed
Places or vehicles are considered fully or substantially enclosed if they have a roof or other type of covering, and more than 50% of the “nominal wall space” prevents the air from flowing easily through it.