Ban on smoking in public places on Fraser Coast could happen
TOUGHER bans on smoking in public places could be introduced on the Fraser Coast when the council reviews its local laws later this year.
Mayor Gerard O'Connell said councillors had already discussed introducing new bans to stop smoking at taxi ranks and bus stops.
"In areas such as bus stops, taxi ranks and parks, people are telling us they don't want to be invaded by passive smoking," he said.
"Now is the ideal opportunity for the public to tell us how they want us to handle it."
State legislation currently bans smoking at sports grounds, outside commercial eateries, within 10m of a playgroup, around most health facilities and on beaches.
On World No Tobacco Day on Friday, Queensland's chief health officer Dr Jeannette Young urged local governments to be as forceful as possible with their powers to further address smoking in their communities.
"Half to two-thirds of all long-term smokers die prematurely because they smoked," she said.
"Another 10% of deaths from smoking in Queensland are due to the effects of passive smoking."
Mr O'Connell said while the current laws were already "pretty tight", he would be very surprised if the council didn't get any feedback when they put the local laws up for review.
"One of the great advantages on the Fraser Coast is our climate and environment and people have a sense of healthy and happy living.
"I think one of the things people object to is passive smoking.
"I would be very happy to work in partnership with the government to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle here on the Fraser Coast."
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