1 Sep 2016

From today (1 September), smoking is banned at all public transport waiting points including a five metre buffer zone beyond the waiting point.

TransLink's Miguel Holland said this public health initiative was to protect our customers waiting for public transport from the dangers and inconvenience of second-hand cigarette smoke.

"The commencement of these laws means that the community can expect protection from second-hand smoke while they wait for a bus or a taxi," Mr Holland said.

"Water-based public transport is also included with the smoking bans applying at ferry terminals, jetties and pontoons or landings for public passenger services.

"The smoking ban includes the use of all smoking products, including electronic cigarettes."

Mr Holland said while existing bans currently apply under transport legislation at railways, busways and light rail platforms, the new bans would apply to everyone waiting for public transport, even if they are in a queue extending beyond the five-metre smoke-free buffer.

"If you're in a queue for a bus then you should be able to wait for your bus without breathing in some-one else's smoke, with the start of these laws that protection will be provided," Mr Holland said.

He said the laws responded to community expectations for protection from second-hand smoke, assist to create an environment that supports smokers trying to quit and importantly discourages young people from taking up the habit.

The changes that come into effect are part of a range of new smoking bans including no-smoking at or near under-18 organised sporting events, skate parks, and early childhood education and care facilities.

There will also be no-smoking at public swimming pools, outdoor pedestrian malls, and high use visitor areas in national parks and at prescribed State Government precincts.

Smokers will also need to move further away from entrances to public buildings with the area where this ban applies increasing from four metres to five metres.

Smoking is currently banned in all public passenger vehicles. The maximum penalty for smoking at public transport waiting points or in public passenger vehicles is 20 penalty units ($2,438) or a fine of 2 penalty units ($243).

For more information on current and the new smoking bans see Tobacco Laws in Queensland on the Queensland Government website.