Praise for mayor and Council's ban on smoking

CANCER Council Queensland has applauded Mayor Paul Pisasale and Ipswich City Council for their commitment to permanently introduce smoking bans in public places from August 1.

The council introduced an interim local law in February that banned smoking in malls, within four metres of bus stop signs and seats, and at taxi ranks. Fines for people who light up in smoke-free zones start from $110.

Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift said the decision to make the interim law permanent was a win for the health of every community member.

"We applaud this decision made by Mayor Paul Pisasale and Ipswich City Council - they are leading by example and taking action for the public's health," Ms Clift said.

Smokers can obtain free information, practical assistance and support from Quitline, 13 QUIT (13 7848), or join the QUEST to quit at cancerqld.org.au



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