First, Melbourne started discussing banning smoking in the CBD. And now Sydney is following suit.
The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that the City of Sydney council voted unanimously this week to put forward a proposal that would see smoking banned for six months in Martin Place
The proposal was first put forward by Liberal councillor Christine Forster, who says that Sydney “need[s] to play catch up here”.
After seeing smoking bans suggested in other cities (hi, Melbourne!) and public places, she decided Sydney needed to follow in their footsteps.
Melbourne’s City Council has been discussing a permeant ban recently, and Brisbane passed a smoking ban at a central mall in 2011. People who ignore the smoking ban in Brisbane can be fined $220. In Canberra, outdoor eating and drinking areas are smoke-free, and a fine between $200-2000 can apply. Smoking is also banned in Perth’s CBD at Hay St mall.
The Sydney trial ban will start being researched now, and the council will look into how they might effectively implement the ban next year.
“I am not denying anyone’s right to smoke it’s just about saying, as a community, smoking does impact on those who choose not to smoke in public places,” she said.