Toronto Zoo eyes smoking and vaping ban

No pot around the tots, please.

The Toronto Zoo board next week will consider a proposal to make its entire property smoke- and vape-free effective May 1 for visitors and Jan. 1, 2020 for zoo staff.

“This designation would mean the elimination of the use of tobacco products and smoking such as cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, mini-cigars, pipes, water pipes, hookah, shisha, and cannabis on the zoo site,” a staff report recommends. “It also includes the elimination of the use of electronic smoking devices which create an aerosol or vapour, or the use of any oral smoking device.”

Currently, the zoo restricts tobacco smoking to designated areas: Six for guests and 14 for staff.

Zoo guests would likely view cannabis smoking in permitted smoking areas as not in keeping with the “family-centric” attraction, the report says.

A slight increase in staff benefit costs for smoking cessation programs is anticipated, but the report doesn’t believe the proposed

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