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Whistler stubs it out
Saturday May 16, 2015 - Email this article to a friend

Smoking is to be banned across the mountain and at all properties owned by the Canadian resort. It applies to staff and guests alike and comes into force in a matter of weeks.

The new policy will be introduced at the end of the month.

Staff will be permitted to smoke in designated smoking areas for 12-months as they adjust to the company's new policy.

Staff will also be helped to quit with advice and resources.

Smoking of any kind (tobacco, marijuana, e-cigarettes and vaporisers) is to be prohibited anywhere on Whistler Blackcomb property, including:

  • Lift lines
  • Chairlifts and gondolas
  • Ski runs
  • Hiking trails
  • Valley base areas
  • Parking lots
  • Whistler Mountain Bike Park trails
  • All Whistler Blackcomb bar and restaurant locations, including patios

Guests are still permitted to smoke away from Whistler Blackcomb property in areas that are in compliance with the current Municipal Tobacco Control Laws.

Restrictions have already been in place in the resort in its properties and public places, but now these are being extended.

Currently there are severe punishments for smoking in areas where it is banned - a fine up to $10,000 and up to 6 months imprisonment plus the cost of prosecution.

"We have made the decision to introduce a smoke-free policy at Whistler Blackcomb to preserve the pristine alpine environment our guests come here for," said the President and CEO of Whistler-Blackcomb, Dave Brownlie.

"We also recognise, as a leader in the outdoor adventure and wellness industry and as the largest employer in the Whistler community, we have a responsibility to our guests and staff to provide a safe and healthy environment for work and play," he added.

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An information booth will be set up in Skier's Plaza on Sunday May 31st to launch the new policy.

Resort officials and health experts will be on hand to offer advice.

"By taking this important step, Whistler Blackcomb is demonstrating it is a strong ambassador for health. We know many young people ski and snowboard, and youth who haven't started using tobacco by the time they are 26-years old will most likely never start," said Vancouver Coastal Health Medical Health Officer, Dr. Paul Martiquet.

"Eliminating smoking in public places, such as on our mountains, creates healthy role modeling so youth, and others, are less likely to even consider using tobacco," he added.

It is thought Whistler is the first major resort to ban smoking outright and other ski areas and holiday resorts will be watching the move closely.

Eldorado Mountain Resort in Colorado has banned smoking on its lifts as we reported earlier.

The Remarkables resort in New Zealand banned smoking on its slopes in 2013; see here for further details.

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So, what do you think - good idea or bad idea?

Feel free to comment on the PlanetSKI Facebook page where the ban has had a mixed reaction so far.


"Great idea. Nothing worse than people smoking in the queue or on your chairlift"

"Wow, this is a big ban, but if there is one thing I hate is people smoking on chairlifts and then throwing the butts off the lift on to the mountain , it really annoys me. The snow melts and it looks ugly plus the effects to wildlife who come out of hibernation and think it is food ."

"Hate smoking full stop






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