Gladstone urged to be smoke-free
CANCER Council Queensland has urged Gladstone Regional Council to create a smoke-free city by banning smoking in public spaces, including malls, bus stops, and taxi ranks.
Cancer Council Queensland chief executive officer Professor Jeff Dunn said council action would dramatically improve the region's health profile and liveability, encouraging tourism and economic productivity.
“Banning smoking in public places will not only help to improve community health and general productivity, it will also improve the appeal of the Gladstone region and promote increased use of public space for recreational and tourism purposes,” he said.
Mr Dunn said local regulations would also help stop young people smoking.
“Evidence shows that the regulation of smoking in public places can help to reduce the prevalence of smoking and prevent tobacco related deaths in the future,'' he said.
“A total ban on smoking in local malls and public spaces would send a strong message to discourage young people from smoking and help to reduce tobacco-related illness and deaths in the longer term.”
Mr Dunn said he hoped to gain council support to pave the way for the introduction of uniform state-wide laws by the Queensland Government.
“With the cooperation of Gladstone council we can create a smoke-free Queensland and end the tragic toll of nearly 3500 tobacco-related deaths each year,” he said.
Acting mayor Gail Sellers said the council had a discussion about the banning of smoking in public places at the end of May.
“The council felt it wasn't warranted at this time,'' she said.
Gladstone doesn't have a great number of public transport facilities and there aren't really any outdoor pedestrian malls, but it can always be reviewed.''