Sydney metro council bans smoking in CBD

North Sydney Council has become the first council in the city to ban smoking in its central business district.

Council announced the decision on 23 July, saying more than 80 percent of 577 respondents during a consultation backed the move.

“As I said in my mayoral minute last year, I believed our community would support a push to expand our no smoking zone policy and as I predicted, it has been widely welcomed,” North Sydney Mayor, Jilly Gibson, said.

The Council said it will enact the ban in two stages. The first involves a six-month education campaign to inform people of the impending ban. The campaign will include footpath decals and 43 signs.

The second stage would be considering whether to enforce the smoking ban.

Meanwhile, the Tobacco Free Communities Program pay-to-quit scheme in Tasmania has this month expanded to the northern town of George Town.

The trial follows one in Glamorgan Spring Bay held in 2018 that resulted in 12 out of 35 participants quitting smoking after the three-month program.

It works by giving people a $50 voucher each time they pass a low carbon monoxide reading at local pharmacies.

The new trial, which runs until March 2020, also involves the Flinders Island Aboriginal Association Inc to deliver the program in a culturally-sensitive manner to Indigenous peoples living tin the area.

The project is led by the Drug Education Network, in partnership with academics from the University of Tasmania’s College of Health and Medicine, Royal Flying Doctors Service, Cancer Council Tasmania and Quit Tasmania.