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Smoking ban outside restaurants

ABC news

16th Feb, 2010

Smoking outside of restaurants and cafes in a northern Tasmanian city will be banned from next year.

The Launceston Council has voted to ban smoking in on-street dining areas.

Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten says the ban will be effective from January the first next year.

“So that’s a fair way off, we’re giving people the time to work out what it means for the businesses and we need to be aware that with smoking there’s only around about 20 per cent of people smoke,” he said.

“80 per cent have said in a survey they support the stand that council is taking.”

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