About BC Ferries

Introducing a Smoke-Free Environment

Frequently Asked Questions

When did BC Ferries go smoke-free?
BC Ferries introduced a smoke-free environment on board all vessels and terminals on January 22, 2018. The introduction of this new policy coincided with National Non-Smoking Week, which ran from January 21 to 28, 2018.
     
Why did BC Ferries go smoke-free?
BC Ferries introduced a smoke-free environment for the health and wellness of our customers and employees as it helps reduce their exposure to second-hand smoke. BC Ferries has received many requests from our customers to offer a smoke-free environment.  

Is there a reason you waited until January to introduce a smoke-free environment?
BC Ferries implemented the new policy in January to allow employees who smoke the time to adjust to changes at their work place. In addition, we wanted to provide customers with ample notice.  

Does this apply to all routes and all terminals?
Yes, the policy applies to all vessels and terminals. 

Will this apply to medical marijuana?
No smoking of any kind is permitted, including medical marijuana. Medical marijuana users can either use edible products or manage their medical issues before or after they travel on our ferries. This new policy is important for the health and wellness of our customers and employees as it helps control their exposure to second-hand smoke.

Will this apply to vapour products?
No smoking of any kind is permitted, including vapour products and e-cigarettes. This new policy is important for the health and wellness of our customers and employees as it helps control their exposure to second-hand smoke.

How will BC Ferries enforce this policy?
Announcements regarding the new policy will be made on board the vessels and at the terminals, and signage is on board the vessels and on shore as a reminder of the new policy. Other organizations that offer smoke-free environments have found the public self-regulates the policy.
     
What about employees who smoke?
BC Ferries is offering an integrated health and wellness strategy for employees who smoke including smoking cessation programs and nicotine replacement therapies. Smoking at work will not be an option for employees as of January 2018.

If I see someone smoking on the outer decks or in the terminal compound, what should I do?
Please bring it to the attention of any crew member. They can approach the customer to remind them of the no smoking policy.

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