Smoking snuffed out

FEWER public spaces in Coffs Harbour will soon be available for nicotine addicts to light up.

Mayor Keith Rhoades hinted at the expansion of smoke-free areas within the city at Thursday night’s meeting.

He was responding to a call from Cr Denise Knight for a report on the implementation of the council’s Smoke-Free Outdoor Areas policy.

“Very soon I expect there will be moves for two more playgrounds and the main street on one of our villages to be declared smoke free,” Cr Rhoades said.

He said the council was keen to build on the success of the strategy at the new Brelsford Park playground.

“There have been no complaints about the playground being declared smoke free and, in fact, lots of positive feedback,” he said.

Cr Mark Graham praised the initiative.

“It is very important that council moves to lessen the impact of smoking in our community and works towards the banning of smoking in all public areas,” he said.

Cr John Arkan agreed but thought butting out cigarettes was just one step towards making the city healthier.

“I’d also like to see the drinking of alcohol banned in public spaces,” Cr Arkan said.

“The amount of alcohol consumed in the city is frightening.”

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