Lismore CBD goes smoke-free

Smoke free sign in Lismore CBD
Smoke free sign in Lismore CBD Mireille Merlet-Shaw

YESTERDAY was a new step towards a smoke free Lismore, with street signs and butt bins installed around town.

Street signs proclaiming the town's smoke-free policy were erected around the CBD, butt bins were removed from inside the CBD limits, and new ones were installed in the car parks on the borders of the CBD in accordance with Lismore City Councils Smoke-Free Areas policy.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell, who has been a passionate advocate for a smoke-free CBD, said the signage will make it clear to residents and visitors that in the heart of Lismore, you're expected to butt out: "Everyone will be able to enjoy our CBD without being exposed to dangerous and offensive second-hand smoke," Cr Dowell said.

"I'm very proud that Lismore is the first council in NSW to take this broad approach to smoke free areas."

She said that while other councils had imposed some smoke free areas within their limits, "we're the first who have taken the approach to our whole CBD," and that she'd had a positive response from the public, for example, feedback from families who were looking forward to walking around town without smoke in their faces.

Cr Dowell said that while there was still one café in the CBD on Magellan Street that had chosen to continue to allow smoking in their outdoor dining area, once the state regulations are imposed in 2015, they will have to change their smoking status.

She said that while it hasn't really been 'policed' as such so far, and won't continue to be policed, she's sure the message will get across.

"There won't be any heavy-handed approach to this, I'm sure people will point out lightly to smokers that it's a smoke free zone and they should butt out," she said.

Cr Dowell said she believes some people may even take advantage of the new guidelines and use the opportunity to quit smoking.

Butt Out:

Butt Bins will be available for use at these Lismore car parks: Rowing Club, Riviera, Hensley, Clyde Campbell, Crowther, Fredericks and Shearman.

Topics:  health lismore city council smoking

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Mental health survey for our entertainers

SURVEY: Entertainment Assist is conducting research into mental health among people working in the industry.

Findings will be used to develop a prevention framework

Circa's new performance is a Peepshow

SHOW: Peepshow will premiere on the Northern Rivers.

The new production will have a Northern Rivers world premiere

Be the first to see controversial animated children's film

FURRY FRIENDS: Mopsy (Elizabeth Debicki), Flopsy (Margot Robbie), Benjamin, Bea (Rose Byrne), Peter Rabbit (James Corden) and Cottontail (Daisy Ridley) in Columbia Pictures' PETER RABBIT.

Advanced screening of Peter Rabbit in Lismore this weekend

Local Partners