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TasPorts in firing line over smoking

Tasports should ban smoking in alfresco dining areas in its jurisdiction, a leading public health specialist says. Heart Foundation president Peter Sexton yesterday called on TasPorts to help support efforts to reduce the high rate of tobacco smoking in Tasmania. “TasPorts had an ideal opportunity to use the powers available under section 67B of the Public Health Act 1997, to support the Hobart City Council indesignating alfresco entertainment areas smoke-free,” Dr Sexton said. The Hobart City Council has banned smoking in outdoor dining areas at restaurants, cafes and pubs in Salamanca and pockets of North Hobart and South Hobart. Since the smoking ban came into place on August 1 there has been confusion over how the rules apply, with smoking still allowed in areas of Elizabeth St Pier, Murray St Pier and Victoria and Constitution docks, which come under the jurisdiction of TasPorts. Dr Sexton said smoking rates in Tasmania were significantly higher than in mainland states. About 23 per cent of Tasmanian adults are either daily or occasional smokers, compared with about 19 per cent nationally. Hobart Mercury, August 15.

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