In an effort to convert the open area in the region into a smoke-free zone, the State Government ordered ban over smoking on the beaches but the anti-smoking group, Quit, has recently revealed in its statement that the move has yet not seen much effect following which, they have suggested to introduce a legislation to the Parliaments this week, with a belief that it will help turning patrolled beaches into smoke-free zones at the earliest possible.
The new suggested legislation will fine the ones caught smoking between the flags with a $140 fine. With a similar motive, Quit's Executive Director Ms. Fiona Sharkie has said that the ban should be introduced over all the outdoor drinking and dining areas as well to see the effect.
"We know that such a ban would reach a great many more people in Victoria than a ban on smoking on beaches," she said.
The Health Minister, Mr. David Davis, is also supporting the new law with a single aim of sending the right message to maximum number of people and at the earliest see the outdoors smoke free as well. He added that the new law is focusing primarily over the patrolled beaches because they are lived upon by the greatest number of people and families.
The law could come into effect before Christmas.
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