Queensland Cancer Council is calling for a ban on smoking where children are around, including in the home.

Statistics reveal around 200,000 Queensland children are left open to second hand smoke.

It kills around one adult a week.

However Alan Jones from Radio 2GB and 4BC argues on Sunrise you can’t have a law if it can’t be enforced.

“I find it all a bit of a dilemma really – I don’t know what they mean when they ban it in case, because there’s no way of having a law if you can’t police it,” he said.

“There is no way this [banning smoking in the home] can be policed.

“It’s amusing to me in a way, a non-funny way, that if it’s so bad for health then why isn’t it banned?

“It isn’t because the government like the money.”

Herald Sun columnist Rita Panahi said parents should be doing the right thing anyway.

“You would hope most parents would do the right thing without health inspectors at the door or having neighbours dob them in,” she said.

“I’m all for having bans at parks, beaches, playgrounds and I think the car ban is a good idea, but I think there has to be a place you can smoke and unless you’re going to ban it, you have to let people make that choice.

“I think in their own homes is fair enough, and I think most people that do have children do go into the backyard or balcony and don’t smoke in same room us their children.”

People can’t smoke within five metres of public transport waiting points such as bus stops, taxi ranks, and ferry terminals; within 10m of playing and viewing areas during organised under-18 sporting events; within five metres of early childhood education and care services, kindergartens, and after school hour care; and within five metres of all residential aged care facilities, outside of designated areas, among other areas.

They also can’t smoke at outdoor public places such as patrolled beaches, children’s playground equipment and major sports stadiums or anywhere inside pubs, clubs, restaurants and workplaces.

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  • ban this for the greater good. poor kids


  • I was a smoker but not for a long time. I think it’s going the way of the dinosaurs and should be banned. Kids should have the choice like the smoker.


  • It is illegal to smoke in a car with children. I have relatives who smoke but always the smoke is not drifting in their direction at all. Some only smoke outdoors and watch their children from a distance. I have seen children with tiny holes or black spots on their clothes from ash.


  • I don’t like to see anyone smoking around children.


  • Think it’s good not to smoke around children. But must be a place indeed where people can smoke. It’s not something what you can really control and I would prefer other things would be controlled like alcohol- drugs- and medication use and violence in the home.


  • You should not smoke at all, especially so if you have children! And for those that think smoking in their backyard or balcony is an alternative? The smoke will end up going into a neighbours home whom may have children too. So basically, if you really care you will not smoke at all. Smoker’s are bloody selfish people!


  • I do think it’s the right thing to do… But also that it’s essentially unavoidable.


  • You should not smoke around children anyway! An interesting debate.


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