03/15/2012 06:24 EDT | Updated 05/15/2012 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia town defeats bylaw that would prohibit smoking on its main street

ANTIGONISH, N.S. - Town council in Antigonish, N.S., has defeated a proposed bylaw that would have prohibited smoking on the community's Main Street.

Mayor Carl Chisholm says the town discussed the bylaw at length and ended up taking recommendations from the Health Impact Assessment Committee — made up of 19 community members and two members of council.

Chisholm says council has decided to put up signs asking people not to smoke instead.

He says on special holidays such as Canada Day the town will also ask commercial clients to advertise that Main Street is smoke free.

Chisholm says the signage may encourage people to think twice before lighting up in public areas.

He says it will also keep Main Street an inclusive environment.