BC Ferries will remove designated smoking areas from all its ferries and terminals by Jan. 22. (Andrew Hudson/File photo)

BC Ferries going smoke-free in January

Change sparked by stricter provincial rules countering second-hand smoke

BC Ferries will quit offering any smoking areas on ferries or at terminals starting on Jan. 22.

The ferry corporation says the change was sparked by the provincial government’s recent strengthening of rules to counter second-hand smoke. Last year, the province required that all designed smoking areas be at least six metres away from doorways, intakes, windows, and other outlets, rather than three.

According to BC Ferries, the new six-metre threshold means all ferries in its fleet would have to go smoke-free for lack of space.

Following a full review of its smoking policy, the company also decided to stop offering smoking areas at terminals to reduce the amount of second-hand smoke faced by passengers and staff.

The new policy will apply to marijuana and e-cigarettes as well as conventional tobacco.

Dr. Dee Hoyano, a medical health officer with Island Health Authority, said in a BC Ferries press release that smoking remains one of the largest single health threats to people in British Columbia.

The Jan. 22 switch is timed to coincide with National Non-Smoking Week, which runs from Jan. 21 to 28.

BC Ferries

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

BC Ferries reopens limited hot food service between Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert

Release on July 8 says hot food will be served in packaging

VIDEO: Masset Dance Troupe presents beachfront ‘promenade performance’

Troupe performed ‘A Mid Summer Day’s Dream’ for family, friends on July 4 and 5

UPDATE: Masset anti-racism rally postponed

The Yahk’ii event, which means ‘truth’ in Haida, will be rescheduled at a later date

Haida matriarchs occupy ancient villages as fishing lodges reopen to visitors

‘Daughters of the rivers’ say occupation follows two fishing lodges reopening without Haida consent

Registration open for first-annual ‘NextIslandpreneur’ student business competition

Competition offers mentors, iPads, seed money, cash prizes to young entrepreneurs on Haida Gwaii

VIDEO: Masset Dance Troupe presents beachfront ‘promenade performance’

Troupe performed ‘A Mid Summer Day’s Dream’ for family, friends on July 4 and 5

Beverly Hills 90210 star’s family selling Vancouver Island Beach Resort

You can own Jason Priestley’s Terrace Beach Resort in Ucluelet for less than $5 million

Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada

The kinds of genetic technology being used for this project did not exist when SARS hit Canada in 2003

Sports fishers protest Fraser River Chinook closures

Public Fishery Alliance wants hatchery fish open for harvest

Amber Alert for two Quebec girls cancelled after bodies found

Romy Carpentier, 6, Norah Carpentier, 11, and their father, Martin Carpentier, missing since Wednesday

Bringing support to Indigenous students and communities, while fulfilling a dream

Mitacs is a nonprofit organization that operates research and training programs

B.C. man prepares to be first to receive double-hand transplant in Canada

After the surgery, transplant patients face a long recovery

Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains have defended their decision to end temporary wage increases

Most Read