NEW GLASGOW – The Pictou County Wellness Centre Authority has announced that it has designated the entire Wellness Centre property as a smoke free zone. The new policy comes as the result of extensive community input and will be effective immediately.
"The Authority has given this issue very careful consideration,” said Warden Ron Baillie. “Citizens enjoying the centre, including many children and youth, have been bothered by and exposed to the second hand smoke that finds its way into the building as the doors open when there are smokers at the entrance of the building as well as smokers at other locations near the facility.”
In keeping with the values and purpose of the facility to encourage and facilitate healthy lifestyle choices, he said they have decided to take a leadership role in making the entire area smoke free.
“This decision was made in the best interest of our facility and is in keeping with its mandate,” he said. “It is a policy that will be enforced and we are very appreciative of the community's cooperation."