Australia: Tourism Industry Supports Smoking Restrictions


Tourism operators in Australia support the suggestion of State Government to  establish smoke-free areas on the Sunshine Coast. According to the plan proposed by Health Minister Lawrence Springborg, smoking will be prohibited in parks and tourism zones. Local councils would decide where to establish zones where smokers could light up.

Simon Ambrose, chief executive of Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd supports the idea and says that it would be great to see smoke-free areas at local sporting venues and playgrounds for kids. He says that we live in a free world where everyone has its rights. People are free to choose to smoke or not, but anti-smoking policies help to protect people who are not interested in smoking and do not want to be affected by tobacco smell.

Katie Clift, spokeswoman for Cancer Council Queensland, said the State Government should introduce comprehensive smoking bans at taxi ranks, bus stations, malls and tourism centers. Queensland Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young has asked local governments to review what action they can take under tobacco legislation of the state.

Dr Young said that since January 2010, Queensland’s Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998 empowered local governments to prohibit smoking in public transport stations and pedestrian malls.

These days culture of smoking is changing, but we still many things to be done. The Sunshine Coast Council would not provide comments on what zones on the Coast could become smoke-free. The spokeswoman said that the Queensland Government regulates smoking in public places.Sunshine Coast Council does not have a local law regarding smoking in public places.

Bill Darby, tourism and events chairman of Caloundra Chamber of Commerce, said that smoking ban in public places is a very good thing which fits ideally with the Coast’s position in the tourism sector as family friendly.

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