LNP push to extend state smoking bans
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.