North Sydney has just banned smoking.
The CBD, which attracts as many as 46,000 workers each weekday, is Sydney’s second biggest business district.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports the local council this week unanimously passed Mayor Jilly Gibson’s recommendation to make it one of the first smoke-free CBDs in Australia.
Gibson expects the rules to be in place by early next year following community consultations.
Two zones in the council district — Brett Whiteley Place and Elizabeth Plaza — went smoke-free in 2016.
Gibson had hoped North Sydney would become the first smoke-free municipality in Australia, meaning shared public spaces would also become smoke-free.
Instead those areas will operate on a self-regulated basis.
“Cigarettes are not only bad for smokers; their cigarette butts litter our streets and the secondhand smoke is detrimental to everyone’s health,” the mayor said.
“It is important that we create a safe environment for our community where everyone can enjoy our outdoor open spaces.”
It has not yet been decided whether electronic cigarettes will also be banned.
Other NSW CBDs to have banned smoking include Glen Innes, Tamworth and Lismore.
The SMH has more.
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