Learn the new anti-smoking laws or cop the fine
NOOSA smokers are being urged to learn the new laws about where they can smoke before council starts issuing hefty fines.
As of September, councils have taken control of the policing of smoking, as new state laws empower local governments to educate and fine those that ignore the rules.
Local governments now also have the power to ban smoking in any public areas not covered by the new laws.
Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington said the new laws are a "win for public health”.
"The changes make it easier for councils to designate new smoke-free areas, beyond those now set by the state,” he said.
"Councils will take a lead role in enforcing the State's smoking laws following the September 1 changes.
"As the Lung Foundation notes, 14% of all deaths nationally are caused by lung disease. These changes will ensure that the impacts from passive smoking are reduced.”
Noosa Council local laws co-ordinator Phil Amson said Noosa Council may take suggestions for new areas to ban smoking.
"Council may consider requests from the community for additional smoking bans in areas not covered by current laws.”