16 February 2011

Messenger 15th February 2011

Support for
smokes ban

smoking in public playgrounds
has ignited debate
but Unley councillor
Jennie Boisvert says
she has received only positive
"Most people say 'who
would think they could
smoke in playgrounds
anyway'," Cr Boisvert
said. She said she proposed Dora Guild Playground
the ban after a suggestion
in a Heart Foundation
Cr Boisvert was successful
in having the council
consider the smoking ban
at last month's meeting.
Heart Foundation SA
chief executive Geoff
Halsey said almost 90
per cent of people were in
favour of no smoking in
open places, according to
a Cancer Council survey.
"It also sends messages
to young people, particularly,
that there is nothing
normal (and) nothing cool
about smoking," he said.
A report on Unley Council's
power to ban smoking
in public will be presented
to an upcoming meeting.
Messenger 22nd February
Smoking bans backed
on Unley
Council proposing a smoking ban
from playgrounds and parks
("Butt out", Eastern Courier Messenger,
February 9).
It would be great to see the al
fresco dining experience not be
ruined by people lighting up!
Plus it is well documented that
cigarette butt littering has an environmental,
economic and social
impact on the community so butting
out would be a positive step.
We reside opposite a beautiful
Burnside park which contains a
Just recently we purchased a
new puppy.
Very excited we walked her in
the park. Located around the
bench and playground in the park
was a scattering of cigarette butts.
I became very aware of these butts
because our young puppy was trying
to eat them.
I remember when our children
were young how careful one had to
be that your small child didn't put
things from the ground in their
I was surprised to witness children's
caretakers smoking around
the play ground while watching
PLANS: Unley councillor
Jennie Boisvert is behind
plans to ban smoking in Unley's
their children and flicking the
butt on the ground. I sincerely
hope that if Michael Marzano has
to smoke and share his passive
smoking while non smoking patrons
are trying to dine and enjoy
the alfresco experience that he at
least disposes sensibly of his
cigarette butt and has private
health insurance.
Hazelwood Park

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