Bring on a smoking ban for outdoor dining areas

CONGRATULATIONS to Bendigo councillors Lisa Ruffell, Peter Cox and Rod Fyffe for supporting a debate on banning smoking in public places  (Bendigo Advertiser, February 2). 

It is sad to see comments like those of Cr Elise Chapman that said she would reject smoking bans because council did not “own the public air”. 

A ban on smoking in all public places, while healthy and desirable, would be difficult to enforce.  

Not so a ban at outdoor eating areas,  using the same rules that apply for indoor dining. It would be great to see councillors who smoke setting an example for  ratepayers and council staff, by quitting a habit that is unhealthy  and litters the streets of our city.Bring on the debate.

PETER SMITH,

Bendigo

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