07/02/2012 02:16 EDT | Updated 09/01/2012 05:12 EDT

Smoking ban fines start in Ottawa today

Bylaw officers can begin to issue fines today to Ottawa residents not abiding by the anti-smoking bylaw.

The provincial offence notices can carry fines up to $300 for anyone smoking on patios, beaches, city-run parks or other municipal properties.

The bylaw's warning period has lasted since April 3 when the city first passed the smoking ban.

The city also added hookahs, Middle Eastern water pipes that can be used to smoke herbal products other than tobacco, to the smoking ban last week. They are allowed on patios, however.