Thirty additional public events where Tasmanians gather to enjoy themselves have been added to the Tasmanian Government's list of smoke-free events.
Environmental Health state manager Stuart Heggie said the additional events included food and wine festivals and a number of major markets across the state.
"From January 2 these events will be designated as smoke-free apart from designated outdoor smoking areas, which need to be well clear of children's activities and where food is sold.
"We have taken the time to consult with all the event organisers who have been excellent in working with us to achieve this great result.
"These smoke-free areas are in addition to the completely smoke-free Carols by Candlelight Services held across the state this Christmas as well as the bans that already exist where children play and families gather, and the recently-added patrolled areas of Tasmania's beaches."
Department of Health and Human Services tobacco control officers will be randomly attending events during 2013 to remind patrons to butt out.
"As has been the case with all the smoke-free areas, the emphasis is on education and awareness.
"Penalties are a last resort but of course can and will be issued by our officers if a person persists in smoking in a smoke-free area despite being asked to stop.
"The process for ensuring an event is smoke-free is not an onerous one on organisers, with only a small amount of paperwork required and pre-approved signage available," Mr Heggie said.
The rationale for smoke-free areas and events is clear and simple:
• having smoke-free areas where people gather protects them from harmful second-hand smoke.
• too many Tasmanian children grow up thinking smoking is normal behaviour. By removing the act of smoking from crowded public areas, we limit how much our kids are exposed to smoking and reduce the high number of young people who take up the habit.
• smoke-free areas will make it easier for some people to successfully give up. A 2006 NSW study showed 54 per cent of smokers who had tried to quit found seeing someone smoking was a trigger to relapse, while 40 per cent said smelling a cigarette was a trigger.
Smoke-free public events from 2 January 2013 include:
Food and wine festivals
• Australia Day on the Beach (Kingston)
• Australia Day Breakfast (Bellerive)
• Autumn Festival (New Norfolk)
• Bloomin' Tulips Festival (Wynyard)
• Estia Greek Festival (North Hobart)
• Eve in the City (Devonport)
• Launceston Festivale
• New Year's Eve on Royal (Launceston)
• The Taste of Tasmania (Hobart)
• Taste of Huon (Ranelagh)
• Seafarers Festival (Bellerive)
• Seafest (Triabunna)
• Tamar Valley Beer Festival (Launceston)
• Tasmanian Fruit and Wine Festival (Bellerive)
• Taste the Harvest (Devonport)
• Wooden Boat Festival (Hobart).
Evandale, Glenorchy, Inveresk, Penguin, Salamanca, Sorell.
• Breath of Life (Launceston)
• Clarence Jazz Festival
• Cygnet Folk Festival
• Day on the Green
• MS Fest (Hobart)
• Falls Festival (Marion Bay)
• Summer Music in Tolosa Park
• Symphony Under the Stars (Tolosa Park).
The list of smoke-free markets and festivals will be reviewed after 12 months.
19 December 2012