Move to ban smoking in Melbourne's CBD

A newly elected Melbourne City councillor wants to introduce smoking bans in the city that would make it almost impossible to have a puff outdoors.

Fairfax Media said that under councillor Richard Foster's plan, smoking would be banned in all public spaces in the CBD, including Bourke Street, City Square and on footpaths.

Cr Foster said he would be calling for a complete smoking ban in all public places across Melbourne that would extend to alfresco dining areas and outside office blocks.

"We have extended [no-smoking] boundaries around play areas, we have extended boundaries around childcare centres and hospitals, it is about time that we actually made it simpler for smokers and healthier for everybody else...just ban it outright and be done with it," he told Fairfax Media.

He wants a trial of the public smoking ban introduced as early as March

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