Tighter smoking bans get thumbs up

Plans announcement by the NSW Government to ban smoking from outdoor dining areas in 2015 have been welcomed by the Cancer Council's Far North Coast Office.

Legislation covering smoke-free children's playgrounds, sporting fields when sports are being played, and covered bus shelters and taxi ranks will be introduced in the spring session of parliament this year while a ban on smoking in outdoor commercial premises take effect in 2015.

"Cancer Council is delighted that the NSW government has taken this crucial step to protect children, parents and the whole community from toxic second-hand smoke," Michael Canon from the Cancer Council's Far North Coast Office said. "Businesses can be reassured that this announcement will be good for them, with research showing that for every person who objects to smoke-free dining, seven people will favour the move. This means smoke-free dining is good for health, good for dining and good for business," he said.

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