http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/sto...006016,00.html

SMOKING bans are to be rolled out across several of Victoria's most popular beaches.

Councils are also considering bans on lighting up at outdoor dining venues, playgrounds, picnic areas, golf driving ranges, bus stops and outside shopping centres.

The Sunday Herald Sun has learned the Surf Coast Shire council will impose trial smoking bans at Jan Juc and Torquay beaches -- possibly within months -- and has pledged to expand the stub-out program if the pilot is successful.


Williamstown and Altona beaches are set to follow, with Hobsons Bay Council seeking legal advice in response to a survey that showed 90 per cent of its residents wanted smoke-free beaches.

And 10 mayors from some of Victoria's largest councils -- including Melbourne, Geelong, Bayside, Warrnambool and Yarra Ranges -- say they want to extend outdoor smoking bans in other areas.

They are calling on the State Government to introduce blanket bans for smoking in areas such as parks, picnic grounds and within 10m of bus stops -- rather than leaving it to councils to introduce exclusion zones ad hoc.

VicHealth has warned of a new regime in which smoke-free areas will be "the norm" in public and smoking will be allowed only in special zones.

"We will end up having a case where it's 'These are the areas you can smoke' because everywhere else will be smoke-free," he said.

"Smoke-free will be the norm in all areas except some designated areas."
So if this plan goes ahead (and apparently it's all about littering) are the councils going to ban food and drink at the beach as well? will they ban beach balls and tennis balls ? (there's a lot of deflated beach balls littered at the beach)