LNP push to ex­tend state smok­ing bans

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

QUEENS­LAN­DERS could soon be banned from smok­ing within five me­tres of public trans­port stops, swimming pools, skate parks and gov­ern­ment build­ings.

The LNP has pro­posed new laws that aim to pre­vent young peo­ple from light­ing up and help ex­ist­ing smok­ers to kick the habit. Op­po­si­tion health spokesman Mark McArdle will in­tro­duce the pri­vate mem­ber’s Bill, which also calls for a ban on cig­a­rettes be­ing sold at ‘’ popup’’ shops, in Par­lia­ment this week.

‘’ With half of all long- term smok­ers dy­ing pre­ma­turely, we should be do­ing more to dis­cour­age first- time smok­ers from light­ing up,’’ Mr McArdle said. He said the pro­posed changes to the To­bacco Act in­cluded a ban on smok­ing within 5m of en­trances to Queens­land gov­ern­ment build­ings in­clud­ing Par­lia­ment, courts, public ser­vice bod­ies and gov­ern­ment de­part­ments.

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