VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The Canadian Cancer Society says with this being National Non-Smoking Week, it’s the perfect time to ban people from lighting up in places like parks and patios.

Several municipalities in BC already have bans in place, but Kathryn Seely with the CCS wants to see a law that will cover the whole province.

“[It would make] smoking less normal for children so that they’re less likely to take it up. We’d like to see smoking eliminated in parks and playgrounds and on beaches,” she tells us.

“Restrictions on smoking in outdoor public places not only help de-normalize smoking for children; it’s also been shown that it helps people to quit or to cut back.”

Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Alberta and the Yukon already have bans in place.