Government Bans Smoking in Public Places
It has been revealed in a report recently that the New South Wales State Government has introduced a new legislation, which is aimed at banning smoking at public places. Since smoking habit has been continuing to rise in NSW, the government has decided to put a ban so as to reduce the same.
As per the findings of the report, the government has found it as an apt way to stop smoking from being encouraged any more. It is said that children highly get influenced from their parents when they smoke in front of them. Thus, there is a great need to stop them from smoking at least in front of young children.
Tobacco has been found to be one of the major causes of death in the state as data has shown that around 44,000 people get hospitalized as a disastrous result of smoking as well as nearly 5,000 people die each year.
The previous reports show that the Orange City Council was the first region to put a ban on the evil habit in the year 2010. It had banned smoking in all the areas of the CBD. Following the same, 12 local governments in Western NSW had also announced ban of smoking, reveals the report.
It has been revealed that the ban would take effect nearly within upcoming two months and would be applicable on public sports grounds, public transport stops, playgrounds and entrances to public buildings. Government has declared that smokers would need to stay at least four meters away from these places when they want to smoke.
Further, a ban in outdoor dining areas has also been planned by the government as it claims that the exposure to second hand smoke is also injurious to people. It increases their risk of getting heart attacks at a later stage. However, the ban of this aspect would be activated from 2015.