referring to smoking ban introduced in Queensland’s national parks in effort to make ‘air fresher’UpdatedThe Queensland Government is concerned the air is not fresh enough in national parks, citing air quality and passive smoking as key reasons for a partial smoking ban that comes into force tomorrow.
“These new rules will make the air fresher where people are congregating in our national parks,” he said.
National Parks Minister Dr Steven Miles said the new restrictions applied to people near picnic tables and barbecues to toilet blocks, jetties and information shelters in the state’s 272 national parks and campsites.
He also briefly mentioned the threat of bushfires in pointing out new no-smoking signs being erected in national parks would not “pollute” the natural areas.
She acknowledged other states had enacted a total ban on smoking in national parks, but said it was important to focus on areas people congregate.
referring to Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young welcomed the start of the national park smoking restrictions.
“The restrictions will apply to parts of 272 national parks, including 245 formalised campgrounds and 150 day-use areas, and bush camping sites.
Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier ReefThe Honourable Steven Miles
Smoke-free public places, coupled with quit smoking services, have resulted in Queensland’s adult daily smoking rate dropping to 12 per cent,” Dr Young said.
Visitors to national parks in Queensland will be breathing easier from tomorrow (Wednesday) with smokers needing to move 10 metres away from most visitor facilities when smoking.
Smoking banned in parts of Queensland national parks
Norfolk Island has the most relaxed laws – smoking is not prohibited inside restaurants, bars and hotels, with establishments usually having a designated room for smoking.
Dr Young said thanks to Queensland’s tough smoking laws, the adult daily smoking rate has dropped to 12 per cent.
smoking is now banned at most outdoor public spaces, including public transport waiting spots, within 10 metres of skate parks, pedestrian malls and public pools.
“We want to support people who want to stop smoking, and protect those who choose not to smoke,” Dr Miles said.
New South Wales has the next toughest smoking bans, prohibiting smoking near play equipment, public pools, and public transport stops.
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