Melbourne’s Bourke Street Mall shopping strip, Australia, has been declared a no-smoking zone, making it Australia’s highest-profile smoke-free outdoor area.
The ban comes into effecton Friday, Melbourne City Council said, saying defaulters risked a fine of 100 Australian dollars (67.5 US dollars).in the banned area.
The ban includes footpaths, tramways and roads in the Bourke Street Mall area, between Elizabeth Street and Russell Place, which is the most popular shopping strip in downtown Melbourne.
In recent years, the strip has also seen several vehicle related attacks.
The ban does not currently include e-cigarettes, but the council said it would review the law to consider also banning them.
Also, people found littering cigarette butts anywhere in the city face fines of between 330 dollars and 660 dollars, the council said.
Melbourne is the second most populated city in Australia and the state capital of Victoria.
Melbourne city’s Lord Mayor Sally Capp said smoking took a terrible toll on the community, adding that the ban would let the 60,000 visitors and residents breathe easier and be protected from passive smoking.
“There is no safe level of exposure to smoking,” she said in a statement.
Sarah White, Chief Executive for Quit Victoria, an anti-tobacco lobbying group, said second hand smoke could trigger asthma attack and make people trying to quit want a cigarette.
Victoria banned smoking in outdoor dining areas in August 2017.(NAN)
Edited by Dada Ahmed