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TRAIN travellers will breathe easier from March 2006 as railway stations become some of the first sites set for tough anti-smoking laws.
Smoking will be banned in all covered areas of station platforms from March 1, 2006, as the Bracks Government phases in its tobacco reforms.
Smokers who breach the laws are expected to face fines of at least $150.
The Herald Sun obtained full details of the State Government's smoking crackdown yesterday upon the release of its consultation paper.
Under the reforms, from March 1, 2006:
SMOKING would be banned at underage music and dance events.
TOBACCO vending machines would be limited to bar and gaming areas of licensed premises to stop teens under 18 from using them.
NON-BRANDED tobacco ads and buzz marketing, including the use of models, would be banned.
SMOKING would be banned in enclosed workplaces, excluding licensed premises.
Smoking would also be banned in pubs and clubs and other licensed premises by July 1, 2007.
Health Minister Bronwyn Pike urged all Victorians, including health and industry groups and individuals, to have their say.
Announcing the reforms last month, Premier Steve Bracks said tougher bans would save lives.
Industry bodies, including the Australian Hotel Association, have warned bans would cause job losses and venue closures.
The tobacco reform submission is available at the Department of Human Services website.
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