Smokers will not be able to smoke in outdoor areas near children if Coffs Harbour City Councillor Denise Knight achieves her goal.
Smokers will not be able to smoke in outdoor areas near children if Coffs Harbour City Councillor Denise Knight achieves her goal.

Smoke-free vision heading outdoors

SMOKING in outdoor areas near children may soon come to an end.

Coffs Harbour City Councillor Denise Knight is pushing for a healthier breathing environment for children on the Coffs Coast and would like to see the re-opened Coffs Harbour Memorial Pool the starting point.

“The plan is to get as many non-smoking areas in Coffs Harbour as possible,” Cr Knight said.

Cr Knight, also a nurse, has seen her fair share of the problems that smoking causes including asthma in children and emphysema in adults.

“We are trying to encourage healthy living,” she said.

At an outdoor area smoke-free forum held in Coffs Harbour last week, Cr Knight heard a talk from former Mosman councillor Andrew Brown about the implementation of smoke-free outdoor areas. Mosman was the first local government area in the world to introduce anti-smoking measures.

Council representatives from Coffs Harbour City Council, Bellingen and Nambucca Shires gathered information on grants available to introduce smoke-free measures in the local community.

“One would hope this measure would be supported,” Cr Knight said.

The motion is set to be before council in early July.



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