Smokers lose their spark today
By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au
SMOKERS will have to butt out at a number of venues from today , but for smokers like Paul Simpson, it's no big deal. "I think it's a pretty good idea,'' he said.
"I don't mind having to walk a bit further to light up if it means making non-smokers feel better.
Paul said while both he and his partner smoked, they did not smoke inside their house or around their baby girl.
"I think the laws are worthwhile, but at the same time I don't think it'll put people off smoking or make them quit ? I think they'll just find somewhere else to smoke,'' Paul said.
Queensland Cancer Fund spokesperson Nathan Scholz said the new laws would be enforced by state environmental health officers.
"Commercial building owners will be required to put up no smoking signs in entrance areas and there will be a three month amnesty period where people found smoking in these areas will be issued warnings, before fines are put in place,'' he said.
He said a survey of non-smokers and smokers found over 80 per cent of Queenslanders were in favour of the new laws.
Mr Scholz said some licensed premises which required at least one-third of their indoor areas to be non-smoking complained they would suffer a loss of revenue.
However, Mr Scholz said reports showed this was not the case.