December 29, 2011 The Mercury CHARLES WATERHOUSE
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
THE noose is set to tighten further on smokers with Hobart City Council to consider declaring Salamanca Market smoke-free.
But before the council considers that ban, it plans to consult Salamanca Market stallholders.
Smoking bans would be promoted and enforced at the 2011-12 Taste Festival and the council intends that the 2012 Carols by the Bay will be smoke-free and the Hobart Christmas Pageant will be smoke-free for participants.
A staff report to the council said it would be essential to consult on the proposed market smoking ban.
It said the market was an extensive unfenced street event in a significant commercial and entertainment precinct and operated near numerous businesses required to enforce council-imposed bans in their outdoor dining and eating areas.
The report said it would be unmanageable to make the whole Christmas Pageant smoke-free because this could not be policed, but it could be declared smoke-free for those taking part.
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