New smoking laws divide community
SMOKERS Tash Moss and Brad Hoy don't feel they need to be told where it is appropriate to light up.
"Even if I'm out in the open air, I try to blow the smoke away from other people," Mr Hoy said.
That's why the two described new anti-smoking laws as overkill.
The Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Amendment Bill 2015 passed through State Parliament Tuesday.
From September 1 this year smoking will be banned at a range of public places, including children's playgrounds, skate parks and aged-care villages.
Local government would also have the power to ban smoking in any public space.
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Dianne Bell has smoked 30 cigarettes a day for more than 50 years and believed the new laws were too controlling.
"I think if you are outside you should be able to smoke," Mrs Bell said.
"My friends tell me they don't even notice I smoke. Because I am considerate about it."
But former smoker Wendy Lindsay was a fan of the laws, because of the protections they offered from secondhand smoke.
"It won't stop smokers from giving up but it will protect people who don't want to smoke," she said.
Steve van Smaalen agreed. "I'm an ex-smoker who knows what it's like to wake up every day craving a cigarette and coughing your lungs up," he said.
"They should ban smoking all together."
State health minister Cameron Dick said 12% of adults now smoked daily, down from 14% in 2014, but said smoking still contributed to the deaths of 3700 Queenslanders each year.
"These laws spell a major win for Queenslanders by supporting people who want to stop smoking and protecting the rest of us who choose not to smoke," he said.
SMOKING LAW CHANGES
- Smoking bans: Near children's sporting events, skate parks, early childhood education and care services, at all aged care facilities outside designated areas, at pedestrian precincts around government buildings, at public swimming pools, at specified national parks, at all outdoor malls and public transport waiting points.
- Local government will have power to ban smoking in any other public space
- Sale of tobacco products banned from pop-up outlets.