New smoke free zones for Queensland
IT’S a breathe of fresh air for the Heart Foundation and the new laws to increase smoke-free zones in Queensland couldn’t have come at a better time of year.
Starting September 1, Heart Foundation Queensland CEO Stephen Vines said it was good news for people who were wanting to enjoy more time outdoors in the spring weather.
“The new smoke-free zones include many areas where people like to be active like sporting grounds, skate parks and swimming pools,” Mr Vines said.
“In the past people who have gone to these places to be active or enjoy watching sport have been exposed to other peoples’ cigarette smoke, which is particularly dangerous for children or people who have heart disease.
“Evidence shows that laws to ban smoking in public places helps people to quit and protects non-smokers from exposure.”
From September 1, more places in Queensland will be smoke-free, including from e-cigarettes, such as:
bus stops, ferry terminals and taxi ranks;
outdoor pedestrian malls, childcare centres and aged-care facilities; and
children’s sporting grounds, skate parks and swimming pools.
“This is great news for our hearts because passive smoking increases your chance of a heart attack,” Mr Vines said.
For further heart health information, visit heartfoundation.org.au or phone 1300 362 787.
SMOKING BANS: The Heart Foundation has welcomed the announcement of more smoke-free zones across Queensland.