Smokers congregate outside library
AFTER dropping an elderly woman off at the Bundaberg Regional Library last week, Kim Sutton was disgusted at the sight and smell of cigarette smoke filling the air.
The Bundaberg resident said the smoke was so thick her passenger started in a fit of coughs upon getting out of the car.
"There were about six people sitting on the seats on the right side of the entrance and another four on the left side all having a smoke," she said.
"It smelt absolutely disgusting and the smoke was filtering into the library."
Ms Sutton is calling on the Bundaberg Regional Council to take action against smokers in public area entranceways.
"I thought there was some sort of rule about smoking so close to the entrance in a public place. Maybe these people don't understand the rules," she said.
"I think they should be moved on. Our elderly population use the library and so do young children, so it is a health concern."
"I often frequent the library with my children so to me, this just isn't acceptable."
According to the Bundaberg Regional Council, the library is like any other public place and requires smokers to move a distance of four metres from entrances if smoking.
Bundaberg Regional Council Health and Regulatory Services spokesman Councillor Wayne Honor said while the council had the ability to enforce the smoking laws it adopted a similar position to most regional councils across Queensland in leaving enforcement to Queensland Health.
"Councils across Queensland have done this because it would place additional financial pressure on council resources to enforce tobacco laws," Cr Honor said.
"The Bundaberg Regional Library entrance has three reminders about the No Smoking status of the venue and the requirement to move four metres from the entryway if smoking."
Cr Honor said most smokers were aware of their responsibilities when it came to smoking in public places and he believed they adopted a mature approach to compliance.
"At times, places like the library may attract visitors from overseas countries where smoking rules are not as stringent and a gentle reminder from Council staff may be required."