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.