Smokers may not have to butt out once they enter the town limits of Bridgewater after all.
Town council has agreed to review proposed tough anti-smoking rules that would have banned puffing on all streets and sidewalks, as well as the two town bridges.
Councillors voted Monday night to scale back their smoking ban, on the advice of the Nova Scotia division of the Canadian Cancer Society and Smoke-Free Nova Scotia.
The two groups urged council to take a more moderate approach, focusing on specific common areas where people are known to smoke.
They recommended phasing in bans in such areas as parks, playgrounds, beaches, sports fields and bleachers, outdoor markets and concerts, trails and cemeteries.
Sharon MacIntosh, president of Smoke-Free Nova Scotia, praised Bridgewater for providing leadership on the issue in the province, but said it's important to balance public policy with the public's readiness to accept and comply with regulation.
Bridgewater Coun. Kevin Marlin, who introduced the bylaw to completely ban smoking in the town, agreed with the recommended changes and tabled a revised bylaw.
Council will debate the amended bylaw in two weeks.
Oh.... and no smoking in cemeteries? Is that some sort of ironic joke?