Smoke-free zones could be extended
Smoking and vaping could be banned across certain parts of the city as the City of Melbourne looks to extend its smoke-free zones.
The council will consider whether entry points to major transport hubs should be designated as smoke-free, alongside council-owned and -managed properties like Town Hall, community sporting hubs and civic spaces.
“The City of Melbourne is working to ensure more residents, workers, visitors, and families can enjoy our beautiful city without health concerns,” Lord Mayor Sally Capp said.
“The rise in e-cigarette usage has been alarming, especially among our younger generation.”
Under the plan, the council will upgrade existing signage at current smoke-free areas to prevent the rise in e-cigarette use.
The mooted expansion comes as the council’s smoke-free Melbourne policy has seen marked successes since its endorsement in June 2021, including a smoke ban on McKillop St, following community consultation.
Quit Victoria director Dr Sarah White said non-smokers breathing in smoke increased their risk of cancer, stroke, and heart disease as well as triggering asthma attacks.
Tobacco Free Portfolios CEO Dr Bronwyn King backed the council’s proposal as it not only saved lives but protected the environment and amenity of the city. •