STILL SMOKING: Sasha Houtzager and Angela Laidlaw at the Mecca Cafe in Lismore.
STILL SMOKING: Sasha Houtzager and Angela Laidlaw at the Mecca Cafe in Lismore.

Lismore CBD goes smoke-free

A DOUBLE-tier set of new restrictions to smokers imposed by the council and the NSW Government have made it harder to light up in Lismore CBD from last Monday.

Lismore smokers are only allowed to light up at designated smoking posts near the entrances to the CBD's four major car parks.

Smoking while walking and outside clubs or pubs in the CBD is no longer allowed. It is also harder to smoke and have a coffee after changes to some cafes' policies.

Dragonfly Cafe in Carrington St has moved this week to a smoke-free environment for its outdoor dining area, as confirmed by co-owner Lisa Yacopetti.

"All our frontline staff are very happy with this change," she said.

The only business still allowing customers to smoke in an outdoor dining area in the CBD is the Mecca Cafe in Magellan St.

Co-owner Janette McLean confirmed last Monday that Mecca's outdoor smoking policy will not change for now.

"My son Todd and I are not smokers but we want to continue offering (customers) the chance to smoke for the time being," she said.

Lismore Council's new Smoke-Free Areas policy includes requirements outlined in the NSW Government's Tobacco Legislation Amendment Act 2012, which came into effect last Monday, January 7, as well as additional provisions determined following community consultation last year.

"The Smoke-free Areas Policy clearly sets out where people can and cannot smoke. The CBD is now a smoke-free area and people are asked to smoke in the car parks surrounding the CBD where there will be butt bins provided," the council's Matt Kelly said.

NEW RESTRICTIONS

Recent amendments to the Smoke-free Environment Act mean that from last Monday smoking is banned:

  • Within 10 metres of children's play equipment
  • At swimming pool complexes
  • In spectator areas of sports grounds or other recreational areas
  • On railway platforms, light rail stations and ferry wharves
  • At bus stops and taxi ranks
  • Within four metres of a pedestrian access point to a public building

(Source: www.health.nsw.gov.au)


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