Melbourne City Council is moving to make Melbourne one of the world’s first smoke-free cities. Currently, there is one public area that has the ban - the Causeway laneway, and the council has approved the banning in 6 more public areas. This will mean that pedestrians and diners in outdoor eating areas will be unable to smoke freely, though they may set up shelters for smokers to go to. The council has received overwhelming support for their move, which is validated by the success of the Causeway laneway trial. The total ban would become effective as of October 2016.
There is opposition however, with Don Parsons, a retail manager and chairman of the Collins street precinct, ‘I definitely don’t support a blanket ban – how on earth would you police it, would we have the smoking police or something?’, Parsons told Guardian Australia. Current Victoria Premier Dennis Napthine has stated on radio this morning, ‘I think it’s totally unworkable, I think it’s totally unreasonable.’
Do you support the Council’s move? What do you think of banning smoking in public areas?