Bundaberg smoking areas may tighten
THE ban on smoking in Bundaberg's public areas is on the rise this year and the next step may be to regulate smoking in multi-unit residential areas.
On January 1 we saw the ban with smokers no longer able to light up within five metres of hospital grounds and school gates now the Cancer Council has welcomed the Queensland Government's independent review of State property laws to canvas options for regulating smoking in multi-unit residential lots.
Managing partner of Bundaberg's Moco Group, Michael Owens said he supports the review and would welcome the new laws although he believes smokers are now more aware than ever before.
"Smokers are more considerate now than 20 years ago," Mr Owens said.
"I see tenants walk across the road to have their morning cigarette away from others."
Mr Owen said there are already attempts now to ban the butts with informal signage.
"In practical terms in the real world we see attempts to ban smoking," he said.
"It's not uncommon to see these unofficial signs not to smoke in certain areas now."
Cancer Council has also welcomed the review to canvas options to have the laws changed.
The review follows stakeholder meetings identifying smoking and smoke drift between lots as a major concern of residents in apartments and units.
Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift said community input ahead of the January 30 review deadline would be critical.
"Almost one life is lost every day in Queensland due to second-hand smoke exposure," Ms Clift said.
"Smoke drift from apartments and townhouses is a proven threat to human health - inhaling tobacco smoke can increase a person's risk of developing lung cancer by 30 per cent.
"Research shows many of the more than 4000 chemicals in second-hand smoke linger long after cigarettes are put out, sticking to surfaces and damaging human DNA in a way that can potentially cause cancer."
"Queenslanders are invited to have their say in the property law review paper Body Corporate Governance Options," Ms Clift said.
"Written submissions in response to the consultation paper are open until 30 January 2015 at justice.qld.gov.au."