Halifax considering excluding tobacco from smoking ban on municipal property

Halifax is considering scaling back its sweeping ban on smoking on municipal property to exclude tobacco.

On Tuesday, regional council passed a motion directing staff to create a report and new draft of its bylaw to exclude tobacco.

In the meantime, municipal staff will continue rolling out measures that would prohibit smoking and vaping of any substance - including cannabis - on all municipal property, except for designated areas.

Halifax announced earlier Tuesday that the changes would come into effect Oct. 1 - 16 days before the federal legalization of recreational cannabis.

The municipality says that will give people time to adjust before cannabis becomes legal.

Coun. Sam Austin - who originally voted in favour of the ban on smoking of any kind - brought forward Tuesday's motion, saying council's current approach to ban tobacco smoke on roads, parks and sidewalks is not practical.