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Smokers Who Light-Up Near Buildings Can Now Cop $1000 Fine

From Monday, smokers who light-up as soon as they step out of a pub, shop, hospital or airport will be fined up to $1000.

The new regulations now mean that not only can smokers get pinged if they smoke within 5 metres of an entrance to a public building, a similar fine could be issued for smoking within 10 metres of an air-conditioning unit.

Health Minister Roger Cook said there would be a six-month grace period for the public to get used to it.

“It is planned to take an educational approach to support these regulatory changes over the first six months, to allow retailers to make the necessary adjustments,” he told The West.

The changes have fired-up the hospitality industry, saying that staff responsibility of regulating and monitoring the behaviour of patrons will be taken out of their hands and will now fall to police.

“Public spaces outside a venue are virtually unenforceable and we wish the WA Police good luck in enforcing these regulations,” Australian Hotels Association WA chief executive Bradley Woods said.

Other regulation changes include:

  • Tobacco price boards, currently limited in size to 1sqm, now only allowed to be as big as an A4 piece of paper.
  • Cigarette vending machines must also display more graphic warning signs.

Also on Monday, tobacco licences at sporting and cultural events will no longer be issued and the ban on fruit-flavoured cigarettes will come into effect.

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