The Qld Government in February 2017 passed further tobacco laws that residents may find of interest.
Smoking in national parks is now banned within 10 meters of in-use camp sites and any public facilities such as picnic tables, toilet blocks, barbecues, visitor information centres, shelters, jetties and boat ramps.
Earlier in September 2016 laws were passed that it is illegal to smoke within 5 meters of public transport waiting points such as bus stops, taxi ranks and ferry terminals. You are not permitted to smoke within 10 meters of playing and viewing areas during organised under-18 sporting events or skate parks. No smoking is allowed within 5 meters of early childhood learning and care centres, kindergartens and after school care and also at Residential aged care facilities outside of designated areas. You must be more than 5 meters from any non- residential building entrances and you are not permitted to smoke at outdoor pedestrian malls, pedestrian precincts, or at public swimming pools.
You are not permitted to smoke at outdoor public places such as patrolled beaches, children’s playgrounds and major sports stadiums. You cannot smoke in a car where children under 16 years are present. Smoking is not permitted inside pubs, clubs restaurants and workplaces or at commercial outdoor dinning or drinking areas.
Smoking is not permitted at State and non-State schools and for 5 meters beyond their boundaries and the same applies at public and private hospitals.
The laws look to create a culture that reduces risk exposure to second-hand smoke, supports smokers trying to quit and to discourage children from taking up the habit.
These laws are primarily enforced by Qld Health Environmental Officers, with Qld Parks & Wildlife Rangers having authority to enforce smoking bans in national parks. Police can issue fines to drivers who smoke with children under 16 years in the car, provided Police witness the event.
For more information contact us here at Vandeleur & Todd.
Brett Moller – Consultant Lawyer – Vandeleur & Todd Solicitors
3/46 Norman Street, Gordonvale, Qld 4865
Telephone 0417 609 656