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Ottawa smoking rate lowest in province

OTTAWA, Ont. Public health officials say Ottawa's smoking rate is now the lowest in the province. New figures released yesterday conclude that 11% of Ottawa's population were smokers as of the end of 2012.

Ottawa is also marking the two-year anniversary of expanded smoke-free rules that banned smoking from outdoor patios, city parks and beaches, and outdoor festivals as of summer 2012.

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Since that time, the city received about 450 complaints that people weren't following the rules and bylaw officers have laid 51 charges. (Ontario Update by Peter Cameron) (from Broadcast News Ltd.)

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