Hotels group opposed to more smoking bans

The Cancer Council wants smoking banned from outdoor dining areas in South Australia.

Council CEO Brenda Wilson says the state is lagging behind others in the fight against smoking.

“Queensland and Western Australia and Tasmania have implemented partial bans on smoking in alfresco areas and we’ve asked the public through surveys and 89 per cent of the public would like smoke-free alfresco dining,” she said.

The Cancer Council has put its views to the major parties ahead of the state poll in March.

Ian Horne of the Australian Hotels Association says venues would be opposed to further changes, having already accommodated tougher laws against smoking indoors.

Ian Horne says more smoking bans would be a case of 'obsessive ideology'

Ian Horne says more smoking bans would be a case of 'obsessive ideology'

“We think it’s driven more by obsessive ideology than any health imperatives or consumer demands,” he said.

“The implementation of non-smoking inside venues worked very well.

“We worked co-operatively with the government on that and we think we’ve got a good outcome now.”

Mr Horne says it is just over two years since venues spent millions of dollars because of bans on smoking indoors.

“That’s caused some real economic tough times for many operators but we accepted it and have embraced it,” he said.

“The industry also went about spending about $80 million refurbishing their outdoor areas so they could adequately accommodate smokers and non smokers. This throws all that good work out the door.”

source: www.abc.net.au

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