New smoke free zones for Queens­land

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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.

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