Do you know about the changes to laws regarding smoking as of 1 September 2016?
As government employees, we need to be particularly aware that the new laws:
- increase the smoke-free buffer at all non-residential building entrances from 4 to 5 metres
- ban smoking at pedestrian precincts around prescribed state government buildings.
The new laws incur hefty fines for individuals and organisations.
Other changes to the laws:
- ban smoking within 5 metres of public transport waiting points such as bus stops, taxi ranks and ferry terminals
- ban smoking within 10 metres of playing and viewing areas during organised under-18 sporting events
- ban smoking within 10 metres of skate parks
- ban smoking within 5 metres of early childhood education and care services, including kindergartens and places offering after school hour care
- ban smoking at all outdoor pedestrian malls
- ban smoking within 5 metres of all residential aged care facilities, outside of designated areas
- ban smoking at public swimming pool facilities
- ban the sale of tobacco products from temporary retail outlets
- empower local government to ban smoking in any public space not covered by a state-wide smoking bans.
Find out more about tobacco laws in Queensland.