The move comes in the wake of the provincial government’s amended regulations for no-smoking buffer zones around any doorway, intake, or open window to any public or workplace from three metres to six metres.
As a result, due to the space available from doors on the outer decks of BC Ferries’ large vessels and on the vehicle decks of smaller vessels, the new regulation means the vessels are now smoke-free.
“BC Ferries made the decision to provide a smoke-free environment for the travelling public and our employees on board our ships and at our terminals,” said Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ President and CEO, said in late 2016.
The new smoke-free policy applies to tobacco, marijuana and e-cigarettes, and is “expected to reduce the number of complaints BC Ferries receives from customers related to second-hand smoke,” the company said in a release.
The company also took to Twitter to clear the air regrading the new policy:
Hi Susen – no smoking of any kind will be permitted, including medical marijuana. Medical marijuana users can either use edible products or manage their medical issues before or after they travel on our ferries. ^nb
— BC Ferries (@BCFerries) January 22, 2018
Announcements regarding the new policy will be made on board the vessels and at the terminals, and signage will be placed on board the vessels and on shore as a reminder.