THE QUEENSLAND Government is set to today announce more restrictions to the State’s smoking laws.
There’s reports blanket bans will be rolled out to all public and private health facilities and schools from January first.
Anyone caught lighting up in school and hospital outdoor areas, as well as within 5 metres from the perimeter, can expect an on-the spot fine of $220.
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The 5-metre buffer is expected to stop the ‘congregations’ of smokers at entry and exit points.
Smoking in Queensland is currently banned at major sports stadiums, entrances to non-residential buildings, outdoor eating and drinking areas, patrolled beaches and playgrounds.
Health experts are pushing for this to go further – with bans at bus stops, taxi ranks and shopping malls.