MONTREAL - In an ongoing effort to provide a healthy environment for all its visitors, the Bell Centre, as of September 18, 2005, will become an entirely non-smoking facility.
The Bell Centre initiative is being instituted prior to the Quebec government's implementation of its new regulations on the usage of tobacco. The law states that smoking inside all public buildings is strictly prohibited, and that no designated smoking areas inside the buildings will be allowed. This policy will apply for every single event held in the Bell Centre, starting on Sept. 18, when the Canadiens play their first preseason game of the year against the Atlanta Thrashers. The only areas that will accommodate smokers will be outside of the Bell Centre, near the de La Gauchetiere, Lucien L'Allier and Windsor Court entrances. Consequently, as of Sept. 18, existing designated areas for smokers will be closed.
Since December 17, 1999, in accordance with governmental laws on the usage of tobacco in the workplace and most public areas, the management of the Bell Centre had offered their clients and employees designated areas for the usage of tobacco.