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Bans force smokers from mall and other public spaces

LAST GASP: Cr Charlie Pisasale enjoys a final cigarette in the Ipswich Mall yesterday.
LAST GASP: Cr Charlie Pisasale enjoys a final cigarette in the Ipswich Mall yesterday. Claudia Baxter

SMOKERS will be fired out of Ipswich Mall and other public places in the city from today if they dare to light up.

With an interim local law kicking in today, smokers will be fined if they light up in pedestrian malls and at public transport waiting points in Ipswich.

Deputy Mayor Victor Attwood said the ban would allow the council to move towards introducing a permanent local law banning smoking in those public spaces.

"It is well established that passive smoke causes coronary heart disease and lung cancer in non-smoking adults and induces and exacerbates a range of respiratory effects in infants, children and adults," Cr Attwood said.

"It also increases the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and other serious health outcomes in young children."

Mayor Paul Pisasale said smoking in Ipswich's public spaces would no longer be tolerated.

"Don't smoke in our community spaces or you will be fined. It is as simple as that," he said.

Don't smoke in our community spaces or you will be fined. It is as simple as that.

"There is a definite community expectation that a smoking ban will be implemented and this is strongly supported by the majority of Ipswich residents."

The ban is even supported by the Mayor's brother, Cr Charlie Pisasale, who is a life-long smoker.

"Going back 20 years I instigated banning smoking in the Ipswich Civic Centre. In those days you'd walk in there and there was a whole cloud of smoke everywhere," he said.

"I fought for that and I totally support this. There are plenty of other places to smoke. You've got to be considerate of other people and unfortunately not every smoker is."

There are plenty of other places to smoke. You've got to be considerate of other people and unfortunately not every smoker is

He started smoking when he was 17 and, at 66, he had no plans to give up - even with the new ban.

"The problem is I enjoy them too much," he said.

 

Smoking will be banned in Ipswich in the following locations:

  • At all taxi ranks, within 4m of any taxi rank sign on local government controlled roads;
  • Within 4m of any bus stop sign erected at the bus stop on local government controlled roads;
  • Within 4m of any bus stop seats on local government controlled roads;
  • The mall in Nicholas St, Ipswich, between Limestone and Brisbane streets;
  • The mall in Union St;
  • The mall in Nicholas St, Ipswich, between Brisbane St and the north end of Nicholas St.

Smoking in the smoke free area will attract a fine of $110 which is doubled for anyone failing to comply with a verbal direction from an authorised officer not to smoke.

Topics:  ipswich city council, ipswich mall, smoking ban, victor attwood



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