Report: Saskatchewan Housing Corporation announces blanket no-smoking policy


Anyone living in Saskatchewan Housing Corporation owned or leased homes will no longer be able to smoke indoors starting August 1.

A new policy announced today by the Government of Saskatchewan said the ban includes smoking cannabis and vaping.

Tenants will have to smoke outside at a designated smoking area. 

“The health and safety of tenants is of utmost importance to us,” said Paul Merriman, Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation. 

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“A no-smoking policy will provide tenants in SHC units with safer and healthier living environments.”

Marijuana and vaping are also included in the ban. (CBC News/Mike Zartler)

The policy is touted as having benefits including: improved air quality, reduced risk of fires, reduced costs with maintenance, cleaning and recovery, and reduced complaints about second-hand smoke. 

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Donna Pasiechnik of the Canadian Cancer Society said in a release that they applaud the provincial government for the policy.

“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,” Pasiechnik said.

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Saskatchewan is the second province or territory to have a province-wide no-smoking policy in provincial housing. 

The announcement said resources for tenants who choose to quit will be available. 


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