Last gasp for smokers

IPSWICH is set to follow Brisbane’s lead with a smoke ban likely to be enforced in the mall and other popular gathering points by the end of the year.

Health and regulation committee chairman Andrew Antoniolli said a major review of all of Ipswich’s local laws – including those affecting smokers – was progressing.

Council intends to have smoking banned from the mall, Union Place, d’Arcy Doyle Place and public transport waiting points.

Cr Antoniolli said Ipswich probably would have enforced the ban before Brisbane if not for the fact that all 40 of its local laws were part of the review.

“It includes significant changes in laws affecting littering, animal management and many others,” Cr Antoniolli said.

“We were required to do this due to significant changes in state legislation. It has been a two-year process.”

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk this week announced Brisbane’s Queen St Mall would be smoke free from September 1.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Jeff Dunn congratulated Brisbane City Council for taking action “to promote public health”.

The Lord Mayor cited overwhelming public support as the catalyst for the introduction of the Smoke Free Places Local Law 2011.

Cr Antoniolli said Ipswich City Council was determined to introduce a similar ban in an effort to improve public health and the environment.

“We are about one month away from finalising our local law in relation to smoking,” he said.

“After that it will go to the State Government to ensure there is no conflict with state legislation.

“While we’ve got no idea how long this process will take, we would like for it to be implemented before the end of this year.

“Council has always been adamant about introducing this.”

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