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Ever greater restrictions on where you can suck down a coffin nail

By johnboy 31 May 2013 51

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Chief Minister Gallagher has announced she’s turning the screw even tighter on smoking:

Playgrounds, public swimming pools, sporting fields and bus interchanges are among the next locations that the ACT Government will seek to restrict smoking, potentially extending the list of places where smoking is banned in the ACT, Chief Minister and Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher, announced today.

The Chief Minister today launched the ACT Government’s ‘Future directions for tobacco reduction in the ACT 2013?2016’ coinciding with World No Tobacco Day.

“The ACT has already taken considerable steps to protect the community from the harmful effects of tobacco smoke and to discourage the uptake of smoking. Today I am announcing a new list of locations where prohibiting smoking may reduce the health impacts on the wider community,” the Chief Minister said.  

“The latest list of locations to consider a ban on smoking has targeted places where there is close personal interaction like bus interchanges and in many cases close interaction with children like playgrounds and swimming pools.”

The ‘Future Directions for Tobacco reduction in the ACT 2013?16’ includes options to prohibit smoking at the following locations:

— public swimming pools, playgrounds, sporting fields,  bus interchanges,  university campuses,

building entrances, and large public events.

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pink little birdie 1:44 pm 14 Aug 13

They should have smoking rooms in bus interchanges; Like they have at Japan railway stations. so the smoke is sent up and away from people.

DrKoresh 1:25 pm 14 Aug 13

Thumper said :

Surely it’s time to simply put smokers in re-education camps?

Irony, I hope.

dkNigs 12:45 pm 14 Aug 13

There is absolutely zero point to this if they don’t get out there, enforce it, and give on the spot fines. The only reason the restaurant / bar restrictions work is because fair trading will fine the establishment if it’s breached, so they enforce it themselves. Nearly every time I go out I see some twat trying to light up in an outdoor beer garden and security having to stop them.

No enforcement = no results.

Thumper 10:59 am 14 Aug 13

Roundhead89 said :

This morning coming back from the pool I saw a young bloke in the car next to me at the lights smoking. I believe cars should be fitted with immobilisers and wifi beacons so that if cigarette smoke is detected the car immediately stops and a message sent to the relevant authorities cancelling the car’s rego and the driver’s licence. They should then be barred from driving for life and if caught behind the wheel sentenced to life imprisonment.

Surely it’s time to simply put smokers in re-education camps?

Postalgeek 10:45 am 14 Aug 13

I wouldn’t say alcohol gets of scot-free: there are alcohol-free zones, permanent and temporary, strict liquor licensing, and laws that ban people from carrying open liquor containers in certain public places like bus interchanges.

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/act/consol_act/la2010107/s199.html

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/act/consol_act/la2010107/s200.html

If you drink and drive, you face criminal charges. You don’t face any charges for smoking and driving, though people who throw lit cigarettes out the window should be fisted with the Barbed Gauntlet of Justice. And if you were to force alcohol into the mouths of strangers in close proximity to you, I imagine you’d be looking at a range of criminal charges.

bundah 10:32 am 14 Aug 13

Roundhead89 said :

This morning coming back from the pool I saw a young bloke in the car next to me at the lights smoking. I believe cars should be fitted with immobilisers and wifi beacons so that if cigarette smoke is detected the car immediately stops and a message sent to the relevant authorities cancelling the car’s rego and the driver’s licence. They should then be barred from driving for life and if caught behind the wheel sentenced to life imprisonment.

Far easier to just shoot ’em…

Roundhead89 10:28 am 14 Aug 13

This morning coming back from the pool I saw a young bloke in the car next to me at the lights smoking. I believe cars should be fitted with immobilisers and wifi beacons so that if cigarette smoke is detected the car immediately stops and a message sent to the relevant authorities cancelling the car’s rego and the driver’s licence. They should then be barred from driving for life and if caught behind the wheel sentenced to life imprisonment.

kumadude 10:21 am 14 Aug 13

It is amazing to think a gram of green has not risen in 20 years and now cigarettes has made it far more attractive.
I recommend electronic cigarettes no smoke, far better for your health in the long run and the juice comes with sweet flavours like apple, watermelon, vanilla and coffee. The big plus, no tax…suck it gubment.

Here_and_Now 10:11 am 14 Aug 13

rosscoact said :

MissChief said :

Smokers don’t bother me but I have often wondered why they don’t do more to stop drinking – surely the cause of far more destruction and misery than smoking. If anything is going to be banned, it should be alcohol.

http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/pregnancy-drinking-harming-hundreds/story-fnet08xa-1226654826593

Because there’s a safe level of drinking and no safe level of smoking.

Besides smokers stink

Yes, whenever a discussion about banning/legalising something comes up and someone says ‘alcohol is worse than [X] and we haven’t banned alcohol’, it doesn’t come across to me as ‘so we shouldn’t ban [X] so much as ‘so we should ban alcohol as well as [X]’.

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 9:06 am 14 Aug 13

;b

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