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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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51 Responses to
Ever greater restrictions on where you can suck down a coffin nail
Dante 1:39 pm 31 May 13

Good luck moving people on from smoking outside the Phoenix.

I’ll be right though, I’ll still be puffing on my e-cig.

HiddenDragon 1:22 pm 31 May 13

Watson said :

HiddenDragon said :

can’t believe that smoking has come back in to fashion with kids who should be smart enough to know better.

You really don’t get why?

No, so enlighten (absolutely no pun intended) me, and anyone else who bothers to read this.

Ben_Dover 1:04 pm 31 May 13

The ACT Government wants to ban smoking at playgrounds, jails, public swimming pools, sporting fields, bus interchanges and university campuses in a bid to prevent the harmful effects of second hand smoke and to “de-normalise” tobacco use.

Jails? Good luck with that one!!

Watson 12:53 pm 31 May 13

HiddenDragon said :

can’t believe that smoking has come back in to fashion with kids who should be smart enough to know better.

You really don’t get why?

thebrownstreak69 12:51 pm 31 May 13

Good to see. I look forward to the day they are banned.

Jungle Jim 12:50 pm 31 May 13

You’d have to assume that the East Row and the rest of the City interchange will probably need to have time considerations. If you can’t smoke inside the pub and you can’t smoke outside the pub, what’s one to do?

I’m sure there are still a LOT of smokers who frequent the Phoenix who’ll either happily break this law during the night or, if taken to the extreme, unhappily stop going to the bar. This outcome might work for those who are adamant that smoking is the devils own invention (and probably raped your father), but it might not work so well for the bottom line of the bar.

Looks like I started rambling there – must be time for a smoke.

Rollersk8r 12:06 pm 31 May 13

Genie said :

Yes please !

There’s nothing worse than waiting in the bus interchange and not being able to find a spot to breathe in fresh air.

I understand it’s your choice to smoke and you want to be able to smoke everywhere, but a little respect for this who DON’T want to smoke.

Enforcement will be interesting. But yes – every day I see people continue to smoke while they queue to board the bus – and just drop their lit ciggie on the ground at the last possible second before they step on. Selfish beyond belief.

Solidarity 11:50 am 31 May 13

Genie said :

Yes please !

There’s nothing worse than waiting in the bus interchange and not being able to find a spot to breathe in fresh air.

I understand it’s your choice to smoke and you want to be able to smoke everywhere, but a little respect for this who DON’T want to smoke.

Haha, you think laws will stop people from smoking in interchanges?

I’m not sure if interchange people really care about laws.

pptvb 11:50 am 31 May 13

Madam Cholet said :

My four year old has recently turned into a rugby league fiend meaning that Sundays are now spent watching them ‘play’ a match. Apparently smokers are meant to move a considerable distance away from the games – by order of the club rules, but I have noted that this does not happen. It’s really annoying. As an individual standing there you can choose to move out of the way, but that’s not really the point of the rule is it?

Thumbs up for bus interchange areas as well, but whether it’s able to be policed or not is another matter.

My young bloke has moved from junior rugby to junior league and we are amazed at the number of parents/supporters that smoke at league games. A HUGE difference between the codes.

Holden Caulfield 11:42 am 31 May 13

Just ban it.

Rollersk8r 11:40 am 31 May 13

Bloody excellent!! Bus interchanges have been on my wishlist for ages! And I’ve been at playgrounds where both mummy and daddy are following their toddlers around, placing them on swings etc with a lit cigarette in their hand. I cannot think of a more thoughtless place to smoke.

jessieduck 11:38 am 31 May 13

I can’t stand parents and hangers-on who smoke while in a children’s playground. It’s one thing to foist your sh1tty decisions on your own kids but get the hell away from my kids. Fishing ciggie butts from my kids mouth and fingers sends me over the edge.

HiddenDragon 11:32 am 31 May 13

The inclusion on this list of laneways, alley ways, loading zones etc. in proximity to trendy cafes could save quite a few hipster/barista lives – can’t believe that smoking has come back in to fashion with kids who should be smart enough to know better.

Genie 11:22 am 31 May 13

Yes please !

There’s nothing worse than waiting in the bus interchange and not being able to find a spot to breathe in fresh air.

I understand it’s your choice to smoke and you want to be able to smoke everywhere, but a little respect for this who DON’T want to smoke.

Madam Cholet 11:15 am 31 May 13

My four year old has recently turned into a rugby league fiend meaning that Sundays are now spent watching them ‘play’ a match. Apparently smokers are meant to move a considerable distance away from the games – by order of the club rules, but I have noted that this does not happen. It’s really annoying. As an individual standing there you can choose to move out of the way, but that’s not really the point of the rule is it?

Thumbs up for bus interchange areas as well, but whether it’s able to be policed or not is another matter.

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