Rockhampton smokers not fazed by new 'lighting up' laws

UP IN SMOKE: Smokers, Zali Watson, Sally Hayden and Cindell Congoo don’t have a problem with the new smoking laws being implemented.
UP IN SMOKE: Smokers, Zali Watson, Sally Hayden and Cindell Congoo don’t have a problem with the new smoking laws being implemented. Zhanae Conway-Dodd Roksmokers

CINDELL has been around smokers her whole life and isn't fazed by new 'lighting up' laws.

Queensland Parliament has approved the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products (Smoke-free Places) Amendment Bill 2015.

This means the places where smokers can go to get a nicotine hit have been cut down once again.

Rocky resident and smoker, Cindell said the new laws should be welcomed.

"I am a smoker myself and I prefer to go away and smoke outside," she said.

"I reckon it is good because you do have to respect your elders and those who are around because some don't smoke and some is good."

Cindell didn't think the new laws would discourage people from lighting up.

"People still buy smokes, they still smoke them; people have smoked for years and years and it's not going to stop them now."

Although Cindell agreed with most of the new laws which will be implemented from September 1, she did disagree with completely banning smoking in nursing homes.

"I think that is a bit harsh...I know people who have been smoking even before I was just a thought," she said.

Zali Watson who is also a smoker thought there was a clear, simple solution to the whole problem.

"I reckon they should make a dedicated smoking area for smokers at places like Stockland."

"If they don't want us smoking out the front, at least make an area with chairs and a shelter for days when it's raining."

Under the changes, smokers will no longer be able to smoke at public transport waiting points, pedestrian malls, aged care facilities, specified national parks and at or near children's sporting events and skate parks.

Add to the fact smokers already can't light up between the flags on patrolled beaches, near the entrance to commercial buildings, in outdoor eating and drinking areas or in vehicles if children are present.

Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift said smoke-free spaces were a proven way to help people quit smoking.

"They will also safeguard the community from breathing in second-hand smoke," she said.

"And they also prevent the next generation from taking up the habit."

Topics:  law rockhampton smoking

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