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Tobacco Reduction: Smoke-Free Spaces


  • Tobacco reduction,
  • Physical environment,
  • Facilities & organizations,
  • Healthcare facilities,
  • Workplace,
  • Community,
  • Schools,

Create smoke-free community spaces

How to implement

  • Create smoke-free spaces by restricting or banning tobacco use in public spaces, workplaces and indoor/outdoor community settings.1-4 See the policy environment strategies for further information on changing the policy environment to support the create of smoke-free spaces.

Did you know: The Province of Alberta has legislation in place banning smoking in indoor workplaces and public establishments, patios and entryways, as well as vehicles where children are present. However, smoking is still allowed in many outdoor spaces and a number of indoor workplaces are exempt from the current legislation, including hotel and motel guest rooms, group-living facilities and waterpipe establishments.5 

Try this: Support local restrictions or bans on tobacco in the following areas: playgrounds, parks and sports fields; outdoor events such as festivals, farmer markets and rodeos; multi-unit housing and group-living facilities, and; hotel and motel rooms.

Action on Smoking and Health's Municipal Resource Hub includes tools and resources to support the creation of smoke-free spaces, including a chart of municipal smoking bylaws in Alberta and a step-by-step guide for municipal politicians to implement smoke-free outdoor places bylaws.

Developed in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society, Smoke-Free Housing Alberta provides information and materials to help communities and governments increase options for smoke-free living in multi-unit housing.

Did you know: Alberta Health Services' Tobacco & Smoke-Free Environments Policy came into effect on April 1st, 2011. The policy outlines restrictions on the consumption of tobacco and tobacco-like products in and on all Alberta Health Services grounds, facilities and vehicles. To learn more about the policy, watch this video.

AlbertaQuits produced resources to assist with enforcing Alberta Health Services' tobacco and smoke-free policy, including learning videos on engaging vulnerable populations.

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  1. World Health Organization (WHO). National cancer control programmes: policies and managerial guidelines. Geneva (SW): WHO; 2002. Available from:
  2. Sully E, Dobbins M. Health-related effects of government tobacco control policies: evidence and implications for public health. Health Evidence. 2016. Available from:
  3. Dobbins M. Interventions to reduce tobacco use and exposure to environmental tobacco smoke: evidence and implications for public health. Health Evid. 2007. Available from:
  4. Community Preventive Services Task Force. Reducing tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure: worksite-based incentives and competitions when implemented alone. CDC community guide. Washington (DC): CDC; 2014. Available from:
  5. Campaign for a Smoke-Free Alberta. Alberta tobacco reduction report card. Alberta: Campaign for a Smoke-Free Alberta; n.d. Available from:


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