Calls for government to extend public smoking ban

SMOKING could be banned in a greater range of public areas if council motion to lobby the Queensland Government proves successful.

The Southern Downs Council will seek to have a motion passed at this month's Local Government of Queensland conference to lobby for councils to have more power to prohibit smoking in additional public places within their areas.

There is already provision in the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act for councils to make a local law prohibiting smoking at public transport waiting points under local government control or outdoor pedestrian malls established under the Local Government Act.

But the council, which was unable to elaborate on possible places on Friday afternoon, believes they should have more areas they place bans.

The LGAQ has no official policy on whether these powers should be extended but noted some councils had previously argued against additional powers in this area due to lack of monitoring and enforcement capacity.

The motion lists community health and a reduction in second-hand smoke as the positive impacts of being able to prohibit smoking in certain public places.

"Restricting smoking in public places may also improve the appeal of the region and promote the increased use of public space for recreational and tourism purposes," it read.

"It will also reduce the cost to local government of cleaning up cigarette litter in public places."

The motion listed additional costs to administer and enforce any new legislation as the negative impacts.