Three more laneways in Melbourne’s CBD will become smoke-free following a decision by Melbourne City Council on Tuesday night. Smoking will be banned in the laneways from April, after a consultation process found there was strong support for the proposal. Eighty-five per cent of people and businesses consulted thought the proposal was a good idea.
Councillor Richard Foster, who would like to see a CBD-wide ban implemented, says while he is pleased with the decision, he would now like council to tackle the issue on a larger scale.
“My view would be it’s time to be more ambitious and consider some larger and iconic areas that could become smoke-free,” Cr Foster said. “Nearly 88 per cent of Australians don’t smoke. It’s important to reflect those numbers in public policy.”
Cr Foster said he expected three more areas would be included by July, with consultations on further sites about to commence. “I think it’s something that has a bit of inevitability about it. I think you’ll find, before long, Melbourne will have a smoke-free CBD,” he said.
Never smoked a cigarette in my life but I utterly detest these do gooding petty tyrants. Why are Melbourne people so willing to be subjugated to the whims of these collectivist scum? I’m glad I got out of there years ago.