OPINION: A smoking ban may happen anywhere

THERE are some places that I don't think people should be able to smoke.

Schools and hospitals are already excluded areas, but under a new proposal by the State Government bans could be extended to include sporting grounds and childcare centres.

The changes - if passed - could also give local councils the power to ban smoking in any the public space.

The first place I thought of that could do with a smoking ban was the Bundaberg CBD.

Back in July last year, the NewsMail reported on the Bundaberg Regional Council removing a seat from outside businesses on Bourbong St, partly because of complaints of cigarette smoke.

Yes, smoking is legal.

But that doesn't give people a right to make others have to breathe in their second-hand smoke, which can be just as damaging.

However, what good is a ban if there is no one to enforce it?

Council have said it would be an extra cost to ratepayers to enforce, but maybe it's something people would be happy to see the council doing?



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