IN less than two weeks smoking will be banned in Portland areas frequented by children and young people for recreational and sporting activities.
The April 1 bans have received widespread support from local sporting clubs, with many already adhered to smoking bans.
The ban was introduced by a State Government amendment of the Tobacco Act (1987) was enacted at the January Glenelg Shire council meeting.
Building upon the existing guidelines implemented in December 2012, which include the prohibition smoking at Victorian patrolled beaches, the bans now include a 10-metre distance between any smoker and an underage event or activity.
Glenelg shire council Mayor John Northcott said the smoking bans had been welcomed by the community.
“The Act was first introduced after it was recognised that tobacco use was so injurious to the health of both smokers and non-smokers that it warranted restrictive legislation,” Cr Northcott said.
Read the full story in Wednesday’s Portland Observer.