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Melbourne city centre aims to be smoke-free by 2016

Published on May 15, 2014 3:56 PM
A sign to discouraging smoking is seen on a cabinet above a list displaying prices for the cigarettes inside it at a small shop in central Sydney on April 4, 2014. Australia has some of the toughest tobacco laws in the world, with firms forced to sell cigarettes in plain packets largely covered with graphic health warnings. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MELBOURNE - Melbourne is pushing to become one of the first cities in the world to introduce a total ban on smoking in public spaces, officials said Thursday, with anyone wanting a cigarette required to use a designated shelter.

Melbourne city councillor Richard Foster said there was overwhelming support to extend smoke-free areas following a test in The Causeway, one of the bustling streets of Australia's second biggest city.

"I think we're going to actually attract people to Melbourne by being one of the first in the world to go smoke-free," Foster told Fairfax Radio.

"I think there's overwhelming support to progress smoke-free areas given the great success we had with The Causeway."

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