Felicity Griffin is calling on Bundaberg Regional Council to patrol no-smoking zones in the CBD.
Felicity Griffin is calling on Bundaberg Regional Council to patrol no-smoking zones in the CBD. Scottie Simmonds

Mother's plea for a smoke-free CBD

A BUNDABERG mother is calling on authorities to police illegal smoking in the CBD saying she is fed up with being unable to walk down the street without breathing in cigarette smoke.

"It's all right for adults who know to hold their breath but a baby being pushed in a pram doesn't know," mother-of-two Felicity Griffin said.

"What are you supposed to do, keep crossing the road to avoid it?

"You can't escape it."

Mrs Griffin said in one hour on a day last week, she had counted 20 people breaking smoking laws in the CBD.

"What's the point of having a law if no one is going to enforce it," she said.

Queensland's tobacco laws are primarily enforced by Queensland Health environmental health officers but local councils may also choose to enforce the laws.

Bundaberg Regional Council health and regulatory services spokesman councillor Wayne Honor said while the council had the ability to enforce the smoking laws, they had chosen to leave it to Queensland Health.

"Many councils have done the same because it would place a very big strain on council resources to enforce tobacco laws," Cr Honor said.

A Queensland Health spokesman said Bundaberg currently did not have its own local laws about smoking in public places.

"There are currently two environmental health officers in Bundaberg whose role it is to ensure compliance to a range of other public health acts..." he said.

Put it out

Smoking is not permitted inside pubs, clubs, restaurants, workplaces, commercial outdoor eating or drinking areas, patrolled beaches, children's playgrounds, sport stadiums or within 4m of non-residential building entrances. On the spot fines of $200 apply.



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