Smoking laws are only useful if properly enforced

THE issue of even more public smoking bans is a contentious one.

But figures released by Cancer Council Queensland show 90% of participants in a community poll support stronger state-wide laws to rule out smoking in more places.

If the Cancer Council's calls on the State Government go answered, this could see smoking banned at bus stops, taxi ranks, public malls and outdoor recreational and tourist areas.

But the rules are only good if they are enforced, and right now, it doesn't seem as though much has been set in place to actually fine people breaking the rules.

Some smokers are still lighting up near building entrances and on train platforms, even though signs and warnings make it clear what they are doing is illegal.

No doubt this call for more public bans will be met with opposition from all sides, but given time these changes always become the norm.

If more rules are eventually put in place, the challenge will be to see whether governments put people with the power to issue fines in place.



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