CITY OF MONTREAL - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

CITY OF MONTREAL - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

May 31, 2006 12:11 ET

New Anti-Tobacco Legislation: Don't Toss Cigarette Butts on the Sidewalk

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 31, 2006) - With the entry into force today of the new Tobacco Act, Mr. Marcel Tremblay, member of the Executive Committee responsible for services to citizens and cleanliness, said he is calling on smokers and bar and restaurant owners to be good environmental citizens. "Cigarette butts that were previously deposited in the ash trays of restaurants and bars must not be tossed onto the sidewalk now. Every year smokers in Montreal generate more than one billion cigarette butts. Many of them are scattered on city sidewalks and streets," said Mr. Tremblay. "I would like to repeat my appeal to restaurant and bar owners to install outdoor ashtrays for their customers."

"Cleanliness regulations are a borough responsibility and differences may arise from one borough to the next," said Mr. Tremblay. "However, the city, the boroughs and our residents all want the same thing: to keep our streets and sidewalks clean and to clean them up when they are dirty."

"In terms of cleanliness, we prefer having restaurant and bar owners assume their responsibilities before an inspector shows up or a fine is levied," said Mr. Tremblay. "Cooperation is always better than repression."

Since smokers must now smoke outdoors under the new Tobacco Act, it will be important, especially at night, to maintain peace and quiet in the areas around bars and restaurants-particularly in the cases of those located on mixed residential and commercial streets, as may be found throughout the city.

"While the Police Department and the city have been instructed to exercise special vigilance in this area, I would like to ask smokers to maintain peace and quiet outside of bars and to let their fellow citizens sleep in peace. I would also like to make an appeal to their sense of respect for the environment," said Mr. Tremblay. "Every effort makes a difference when it comes to civic-mindedness and cleanliness."

Contact Information

  • Source : Office of the Mayor and Executive Committee
    Darren Becker
    Press Attaché
    (514) 872-6412
    or
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    Alain Charbonneau
    Media relations
    (514) 213-3783