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The BC government is being urged to support further restrictions on outdoor smoking.
The request comes from the Canadian Cancer Society.
The society's Kathryn Seely says BC needs to follow the lead of four other provinces and designate outdoor patios of bars and restaurants as well as beaches, parks and playgrounds smoke-free.
She adds 30 BC municipalties have strong anti-smoking bylaws, but a sweeping ban is still needed.
"If the province acts, it could eliminate the patchwork of bylaws across the province and enhance protection for all British Columbia children to protect them from exposure to second hand smoke."
Tobacco use remains the largest single preventable cause of death and disease in the province, killing more than 6-thousand British Columbians each year.