Smoking ban in Queensland17 October 2015 by News Desk
Officials in Queensland, Australia, are taking further steps to ban smoking in public places.
New laws are being drafted to ban smoking in and around childcare centres, children’s sporting events, bus stops and other areas. It is already illegal to smoke inside pubs, clubs, restaurants and workplaces in Queensland. Lighting up is also banned at major sports stadiums, outdoor eating areas and patrolled beaches.
Queensland Health Minister Cameron Dick said the additional laws are needed because more than 3700 Queenslanders were still dying each year because of smoking. Cancer Council Queensland chief executive Professor Jeff Dunn said the laws would be a positive step towards a smoke-free state.
The laws, which are being drafted, are expected to be introduced into the parliament next month.
NEW SMOKING LAWS FOR QUEENSLAND:
Smoking is banned at or near children’s organised sporting events, childcare centres, skate parks, aged care facilities, pedestrian precincts near state government buildings, national parks, public swimming pools, outdoor pedestrian malls and public transport waiting points like bus stops;
Smoke-free buffers to be increased from four metres to five metres outside government, commercial and non-residential buildings;
Local councils empowered to ban smoking in other public spaces; and
Ban on sales of tobacco products by pop-up retailers like those at music festivals.