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Preparing for a Smoke-Free Environment

Frequently Asked Questions

When will BC Ferries offer a smoke-free environment?
BC Ferries will introduce a smoke-free environment on board all BC Ferries vessels and terminals in January 2018. This coincides with National Non-Smoking Week, which runs from January 21 to 28, 2018.
     
Why is BC Ferries going smoke-free?
BC Ferries is introducing 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 receives many requests from our customers to offer a smoke-free environment.  

Is there a reason you’re waiting until January to introduce a smoke-free environment?
BC Ferries is implementing the new policy in six months to allow employees who smoke the time to adjust to changes at their work place. In addition, the company wants to provide customers with ample notice.  

Does this apply to all routes and all terminals?
BC Ferries will introduce a smoke-free environment on board all BC Ferries vessels and terminals in January 2018.

Will this apply to medical marijuana?
BC Ferries is implementing a smoke-free environment. 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. No smoking of any kind will be 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.  

Will this apply to vapour products?
BC Ferries is implementing a smoke-free environment. 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. No smoking of any kind will be permitted, including vapour products and e-cigarettes. 

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 will be placed 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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