Smoking bans bring on give-up incentive
By ZOE SINCLAIRzoe@gladstoneobserver.com.au
PETE Roberts has been smoking for 35 years but that will all change after the Queensland government's smoking bans were extended yesterday.
Mr Roberts said the ban would en- courage him to finally quit smoking.
'I think it's a good thing simply be- cause health is a big thing in society today,' Mr Roberts said.
'I'd like think the government would support such a thing.
'I'm about to give up smoking sim- ply because of the new laws that are coming in and it's simply because it's an inspiration to give up.'
The first round of smoking bans were implemented at the start of the year and included bans at playgrounds, sports stadiums and beaches.
Yesterday the bans, as part of a planned extension of controlling smok- ing, also included at least two thirds of an enclosed licensed area and poker machines to be designated non- smoking.
Queens Hotel owner Phil Daley sup- ported the continuation of smoking bans and said it was a good idea.
Mr Daley didn't expect the bans to have a large effect on his business al- though he was concerned about li- cenced premises experiences in other states after similar smoking laws were introduced.
Mr Daley said some Victorian pre- mises had noticed a 10 per cent drop in takings intially although they later re- covered.
He didn't expect that to be the case for The Queens as the premise only had fourteen pokie machines.
However, Mr Daley said they had taken into account the smoking bans when they planned the renovation of The Queens.
He said by including verandahs around the pub it allowed for people to smoke outside.
Mr Daley said the forward planning probably wouldn't have happened ex- cept for the smoking bans.