Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

CBD Ban a Drag for Smokers; but the Early Signs Are People Will Support It

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

CBD Ban a Drag for Smokers; but the Early Signs Are People Will Support It

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Byline: DOMINIC FEAIN Reporter

THE days of smoking in the Lismore CBD may be numbered if the public response to an coming council survey matches the mood in the town yesterday.

Even the hard-core smokers appeared mostly resigned to the reality of smoke-free public spaces, signalling a decisive shift in the personal freedom-vs-public health debate.

Long-time smoker Stan Mortimer of Lismore enjoys hitting the Mecca Cafe in Magellan St once or twice a week to catch up with friends.

aIt's nice to come and have a coffee and a smoke,a he said. aBut you can't just worry about yourself, especially if there are children around or they have asthma.a

Cafe manager

Janette McLean was

equally philosophical.

aWe didn't opt to take up the new dining lease for no fees when council offered a we continued to pay so we could have all this a but when the (outdoor dining lease) comes up this year we'll be on the non-smoking list anyway,a Ms McLean said. aBut I don't know what effect it will have, I mean who really knows, but there are still a lot of smokers out there in the community.a

Councillors discussed the survey at a briefing on Tuesday night ahead of its intended distribution later this month. …

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