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TOUGH LOVE: These Are The New Laws For Smokers In Queensland

Bus stops, taxi ranks and outdoor shopping malls will now be off-limits for smokers in Queensland.

New tougher restrictions on where people can light up come into effect on Thursday.

Queenslanders will have to be at least five metres from public transport waiting points such as bus stops, taxi ranks and ferry terminals.

There will be no smoking in outdoor pedestrian malls and public swimming pools and the buffer zone outside non-residential building entrances will be increased from four to five metres.

The changes don't end there.

On February 1, 2017, smoking will be banned within 10 metres of campsites and public picnic facilities, toilet blocks, picnic tables, barbecues, jetties and boat ramps.

Changes To Smoking Laws From September 1, 2016:

  • Ban smoking within five metres of public transport waiting points such as bus stops, taxi ranks and ferry terminals
  • Ban smoking within ten metres of playing and viewing areas during organised under-18 sporting events
  • Ban smoking within ten metres of skate parks
  • Ban smoking within five metres of early childhood education and care services, including kindergartens and places offering after school hour care
  • Ban smoking at all outdoor pedestrian malls
  • Ban smoking within five metres of all residential aged care facilities, outside of designated areas
  • Increase the smoke free buffer at all non-residential building entrances from four to five metres
  • Ban smoking at pedestrian precincts around prescribed State Government Buildings
    Ban smoking at public swimming pool facilities
  • Ban the sale of tobacco products from temporary retail outlets.
  • Empower local government to ban smoking in any public space not covered by a state-wide smoking bans

Current Smoking Laws

  • no-smoking anywhere inside pubs, clubs, restaurants and workplaces
  • no-smoking at commercial outdoor eating or drinking areas
  • no-smoking at outdoor public places such as patrolled beaches, children’s playground equipment and major sports stadiums
  • no-smoking within 4 metres of non-residential building entrances
  • no-smoking at public and private hospitals and health facilities, and for 5 metres beyond their boundaries
  • no-smoking in cars where children under the age of 16 years are present
  • no-smoking at state and non-state schools, and for 5 metres beyond their boundaries
  • no sales of tobacco products to children under 18 years of age
  • mandatory training of employees who sell tobacco products
  • bans on the display of tobacco products at retail outlets
  • mandatory no-smoking and quit smoking signs at retail outlets
  • no tobacco advertising or competitions
  • tobacco vending machines must be located in bar or poker machine areas only
  • electronic cigarettes cannot be used in no-smoking indoor and outdoor areas, sold to children under 18 years of age, or advertised, promoted or displayed at retail outlets.

AAP/Staff Writers

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