Shoppers, traders and the general public will now be able to enjoy a smoke-free Rundle Mall.
Adelaide City Council met last night to determine the area the ban will cover – the last step in Council’s decision to pursue the smoking control. At the meeting, Council endorsed that the Mall and all laneways leading off the Mall, including James Place, Gawler Place, Twin Street, Stephens Place and Charles Street, will now be smoke-free.
“This is a great outcome for the city. It will not only protect children, the elderly and the community from second-hand smoke but it will also make the Mall a comfortable and healthy environment for all users,” said Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood.
The move follows Council’s endorsement of By-Law 10-Smoking Control in March. It was then referred to the Legislative Review Committee of State Parliament for adoption and gazetted in April.
The smoking ban has received strong support from health organisations including Drug and Alcohol Services SA, the Heart Foundation and Cancer Council SA.
“Smoke free outdoor areas such as Rundle Mall will not only protect people from second hand smoke, but there is also good evidence that smoking restrictions actually support smokers trying to quit”, says Wendy Keech, Director of Cardiovascular Health from the Heart Foundation SA.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Professor Brenda Wilson says “These smoke-free regulations will help to promote a healthier lifestyle and contribute to de-normalising smoking in one of Adelaide’s major hotspots.”
“South Australia has already shown overwhelming support for smoking restrictions and Adelaide City Council is to be commended for delivering this proactive move back to the community.”
From today, there will be a transitional period of six-months for people to get used to the no smoking controls. Council’s Authorised Officers will speak to members of the public and will educate smokers on the new ban.
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