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Hobart Employs Full-Time Anti-Cigarette Officer To Dish Out $388 Fines To Smokers

Hobart Employs Full-Time Anti-Cigarette Officer To Dish Out $388 Fines To Smokers

As the years roll on, councils around Australia are slowly cracking down on smoking.

It all started with getting rid of smoking inside places like planes and pubs, then it was hospitals and entrances to some office blocks.

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The areas where people can light up will soon be so small that many will just stop because of how difficult it is. Well, that's the thinking at least.

However, whenever one of these smoking bans come in, the question about how the rule will be enforced always pops up. Will it be up to the smoker to adhere to the law or will people be encouraged to dob in others?

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Credit: PA

Well, Hobart City Council has provided an answer for now: they're employing a full-time anti-cigarette officer.

Anyone caught light up in a no-go area can expect an on-the-spot fine of a casual $338.

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Hobart City Council Deputy Lord Mayor Helen Burnet told The Mercury there has been overwhelming support for smoke-free zones.

"First and foremost it's about education and better health," Burnet said.

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Credit: PA

"We need to de-normalise smoking. There's also a significant amount of butt litter which ends up in our waterways."

The exclusion zone will run around Collins, Liverpool, Murray and Campbell streets and will hopefully provide a healthier environment.

In addition to having the power to fine smokers, the 'Tobacco Project Officer' will also 'engage and consult with the public and relevant tobacco organisations to create public awareness of smoke-free areas and regulations in Hobart as well as to provide support options for those who wish to give up smoking' according to the City of Hobart.

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Topics: Interesting, Community, Australia

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

 

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