SMOKE free public places are being put on the State Government's agenda, but some people in Rockhampton don't agree with the push.

Rockhampton's Clayton Crighton is a non-smoker, and believes if they want to ban smoking in public places they should cut to the chase and make it illegal. "I don't know why they're fussing around, let's just make it illegal," he said.

Research from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare showed a record drop in smoking rates, from 15.1% in 2010 to 12.8% 2013.

Cancer Council Queensland Spokesperson Katie Clift urged the government to continue the trend by introducing new laws to designate smoke-free public places.

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Gladstone's Julieanne Grice, who was in Rockhampton yesterday, quit smoking four years ago due to the increasing costs associated with tax increases.

She had similar views to Clayton, but doesn't agree with implementing smoke-free zones in public areas. "If you want to do that, make it illegal. It's not right to say you can buy them, but you can't have them anywhere.

"It's more pleasant not to smoke, but if it's legal then it's their choice."

Queensland already has the nation's toughest anti-smoking laws.

Banned places include in cars with a child under 16, as well as in pubs, commercial outdoor eating areas, and at outdoor public places like patrolled beaches, playground equipment and major sport stadiums.

Smoking rates sink

Australians now smoke almost eight million fewer cigarettes per day than they did six years ago.

As of March 2014, 15.2% of Australian adults smoked, down from 18.9% in March 2008.

Smokers' average per day is also down over the period, from 15.34 to 13.54 - almost two per day fewer per smoker. - Roy Morgan Research



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