Sharyn O'Neill

Council push for more power to ban public smoking

A COUNCIL on the Darling Downs is pushing for more powers to ban smoking in public places, with a motion before the state peak council meeting this week.

The motion is scheduled for debate during the annual general meeting of the Local Government Association of Queensland in Cairns on Wednesday.

The motion, from the Southern Downs Regional Council, calls for extra powers for councils to ban smoking in public areas.

Councils in Queensland can already ban smoking in outdoor malls and places such as  bus stops, under the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act.

But the Council has renewed the push for extra powers across the state to "prohibit smoking in a range of other public places".

The motion does not specify which areas the council wants to ban smoking, but it could include public areas such as sporting fields.

It is understood the push for extra powers comes after a number of enquiries to council about banning smoking in more areas.

The Council's motion said increased powers would help to reduce smoking rates and litter in the community but it also acknowledged likely cost rises for councils in monitoring and enforcing such bans in more areas.


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