Smokers told to butt out

LEONIE Roberts goes to the doctor to try and get better, but she invariably suffers from an asthma attack.

Why?

Because smokers linger only metres from the entrance to Mandalay Medical Centre at Stockland Rockhampton.

And she’s had enough – enough of coughing uncontrollably, constantly covering her mouth, having to duck and weave to avoid paths of smoke, and enough of the dirty looks.

“If I go to cover my mouth around a smoker they look at me as if to say, ‘what’s your problem?’”

Laws prohibit people from smoking within four metres of Stockland entrances.

Leonie says she has tried every avenue possible to get something done about people frequently lighting up within this boundary outside of the medical centre.

“I’ve approached the council, Queensland Health, and Workplace Health and Safety, but it seems like it’s been placed in the too hard category and nothing’s being done about it,” Leonie said.

The grandmother, who was born with the condition, said her asthma came back in a different form and had made her unable to be anywhere near smokers since.

“You wouldn’t even know I was an asthmatic if I’m not around smokers,” she said.

Stockland centre manager Daniel Buchanan said they did their best to patrol smokers.

“We’re very conscious of the fact and we try to eliminate this and patrol it as best we can,” Mr Buchanan said. Mandalay didn’t wish to comment.

No Smoking Laws

No smoking anywhere inside pubs, clubs, restaurants and workplaces

No smoking in commercial outdoor eating or drinking areas

No smoking in outdoor public places such as patrolled beaches, children’s playground equipment, major sport stadiums and within four metres of non-residential building entrances

No sales of tobacco products to children under 18 years of age.



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