The Saskatchewan Housing Corporation will implement a province-wide no-smoking policy in all S-H-C owned or leased properties on August 1st.
“The health and safety of tenants is of utmost importance to us,” Social Services Minister and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation Paul Merriman said in a news release. “Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable disease, disability and death in Canada and the dangers of second-hand smoke are widely documented. A no-smoking policy will provide tenants in SHC units with safer and healthier living environments.”
All smoking and vaping, including cannabis, will not be allowed except in designated smoking areas outside.
Local housing authorities will work with tenants to implement the no-smoking policy.
The Saskatchewan Housing Corporation understands that the new province-wide policy will pose challanges for some tenants, adding tenants won’t be required to quit smoking however are required to smoke in those designated areas only.
Saskatchewan will be just the second province or territory in Canada to do this, with the Yukon being the first.
“We applaud the provincial government for protecting the health of children, seniors and other vulnerable populations who are especially sensitive to the respiratory effects of second-hand smoke,” Canadian Cancer Society Tobacco Control Manager Donna Pasiechnik said in the same release. “For many of these people, social housing is their only affordable or practical option. This much-needed measure will improve the health and well-being of thousands of people in this province.”