Sydney City Council has imposed a trial smoking ban on all outdoor areas in Martin Place from today.
The council said a survey of more than 700 people found that most people would prefer the entire area be smoke-free.
Councillor Jenny Green said under the 12-month trial, rangers will walk around with ashtrays asking smokers to put their cigarettes out.
“The general open space area will now be smoke-free, so anyone wanting to eat their lunch, read, just sit in the sun – the people next to them obviously won’t be able to smoke,” she said.
“So that will be a relief for non-smokers and of course will reduce the number of butts that are also produced in the area.”
Councillor Green said the ban would work well alongside smoking bans in outdoor dining areas, which come into effect in July.
“So outdoor cafes, pubs and so on, restaurants – if you’re sitting outside and you’re near food you no longer can smoke,” she said.
“I think it will coincide with the education campaign around that particular law.
“I think it’s a good thing. We have to remember that less than 20 per cent of the population smoke, so for some time the rest of the population who like to sit outdoors – be it in Martin Place or in a cafe – [have been] unable to eat their lunch without someone next to them lighting up a cigarette.”
The council said it would like to see a smoking ban extended to Pitt Street Mall in the CBD.
State laws already restrict smoking in some areas in Martin Place.Now smokers have to seek for other places to smoke their cheap cigarettes bought online at http://www.cigarettestime.com/mt