The Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, is welcoming you all to “A CLEANER, HEALTHIER, SMOKE-FREE CANBERRA”.
ACT Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher MLA, announced that as of tomorrow (9 December 2010) all outdoor eating and drinking areas in the ACT will be smoke-free.
“This is an important step in protecting the health of those working in the hospitality industry as well as the wider community. It will achieve the goal of improved public health through creating healthier social environments,” said Ms Gallagher.
“Studies show that the level of tobacco smoke in outdoor eating and drinking areas can reach levels comparable to those seen in smoky pubs and clubs prior to the 2006 ban on smoking in enclosed public places.”
“All Canberrans can now enjoy dining outside at their favourite restaurants and cafés without being exposed to tobacco smoke,” the Minister said.
An outdoor eating and drinking area is classified as a public place where tables and chairs are provided for customers to consume food purchased from an on-site service such as a restaurant, café, food van or take-away store. These areas must be completely smoke-free.
Spare a thought for all the venues who thought they could trust this government and invested money on building facilities to comply with the old laws.
But it’s OK, you’re being made into better people.