Finally there is an acknowledgment of the dangers of secondhand smoke by the City Of Melbourne and Frankston councils.
Melbourne City Council will roll out there zero tolerance crackdown on smokers dropping their butts on the footpath with a $234 on the spot fine for discarding a lite cigarette or $117 fine if it’s extinguished.
Frankston City Council are taking a tougher stance with a proposed exclusion zone for smoking which is still to go before council for approval. If common sense prevails, the new trial will commence in September and end on the first of March 2011. This will ban smoking on 3 major streets including opposite the railway station.
With all the documented studies of the dangers of second hand smoke, I find it strange why smoking is still allowed where members of the public are exposed to this carcinogenic toxic gas.
Making changes, whether to your eating habits or changing smoking behavior is usually slow, too many immediate changes leads to people reverting back to their old habits within a short period of time or resisting the change all together.
The major breakthrough was the ban of smoking in pubs , cafes and restaurants, followed by the ban of smoking in outdoor areas, within 5 meters of children’s playgrounds and then in cars with children.
Of course there was the fear mongering saying that patronage would be effected which is wasn’t so of course fear will be more fear mongering campaigns, especially when the big tobacco companies are the big losers.