Smokers in Ottawa will have to think twice before lighting up in parks and on public patios — the city’s new anti-smoking rules kicked in Monday.
Smoking on city property, parks and beaches and on restaurant and bar patios can now lead to a fine of $305.
Last week, city council voted to extend the ban to hookah water pipes. The ban is on the grounds that the outdoor smoking is a public nuisance and creates odours.
If the issue really was about odours, they’d hardly bother banning hookah smoking, because anyone who has ever smoked a hookah knows they give off very little, if any, tobacco odour, mostly giving off a smell of the fruit flavouring in the tobacco / flavoured-molasses mixture smoked in them known as shisha; hookah smoke smells more or less like a car air freshener / deodorant.
So they’re lying through their teeth, about the grounds, as regards extending the bylaw to cover hookahs, at least.