Jury is out on further smoking bans

The City of Melbourne has completed its consultation on three new potential smoke-free zones in the CBD.

The council sought views on possibly banning smoking in Howey Place, Equitable Place and Block Place.

The council says it spoke with stakeholders and patrons of the lanes, conducted surveys and also collected online feedback.

It says a date has not been set for when recommendations will be made to councillors to make a decision.

Some 25 comments were left on the council’s “participate” website, including: “I see no reason why the common air should be polluted for the sake of people with an unsociable habit.”

“We have to recognise that this is a legal activity and product being used primarily by people who have a chemical addiction.”

“Impossible to enforce and not representative of the free society in which we live.”

“Yes it is the smokers right to choose to smoke but what about the passive smokers right to breath fresh air?”

“Please remove your heads from the sand and have a look at the research into passive smoking.”

“Smoking should be banned throughout the CBD.”

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