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Manitoba looking at becoming first province to ban smoking provincewide

By Scott Edmonds

Manitoba could become the first province to go cold turkey and ban smoking wherever people work, indoors or out, with no ifs ands or butts.

Some say that would make the province the most progressive government in Canada; others compare the move to Nazi Germany. Bland opinion seems hard to find in the spicy stew an all-party committee of the legislature must digest as it prepares to come up with a recommendation as early as November.

Dr. Mark Taylor, a Winnipeg physician and vice-president of Physicians for a Smoke-Free Canada, holds the former opinion. He says British Columbia and Prince Edward Island came close with rules that confine smokers, but both stop a little short.

“B.C. and Prince Edward Island are both good (but) neither one of them are excellent, and we hope we can prevail on the government of Manitoba to bring forward the first excellent law in Canada,” says Taylor.

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