Thursday 23 February 2017

Sydney bans smoking -- on one side of street

Jonathan Pearlman in Sydney

SMOKING has been banned on one side of a Sydney street, but allowed on the other after a split between two councils.

The ban, ordered by Marrickville council, applies to smoking at tables along the footpath on the western side of a cafe-lined road. The other side, governed by the City of Sydney, still allows outdoor smoking.

The ban took effect yesterday, leaving cafe owners and coffee-sipping smokers somewhat bewildered.

"This is absurd," said Bessie Kounadis, who co-owns Buzzzbar, a cafe on the western, non-smoking side.

She said: "I'm going to have to see all my smoking customers get up and go to the cafe across the street.It's very unfair."

At a table outside Cafe 2042 -- named for the Newtown postcode, but on the non-smoking Marrickville side of the street -- Karen Godzic was smoking a cigarette with her cappuccino. Inadvertently, she was breaking the day-old ban.

Australia has adopted some of the toughest anti-smoking measures in the world, including high taxes and packs that feature grisly images of ulcers, lung cancer and ill babies.

Under laws that are due to come in on January 1, logos and branding will be banned from cigarette packs, which will all be plain olive-green. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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