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Smoke-free Melbourne one step closer after laneway bans

By Jamil Allouche

Melbourne is one step closer to being publicly smoke-free, after the city council announced plans to ban smoking on three of Melbourne's busiest laneways. Howey Place, Equitable Place and Block Place will all see smoking banned from April 2015, and will bring the number of public laneways that are smoke-free in the city up to four. 

This could be another great step towards getting the entire city smoke-free as soon as possible, which could be good news for owners of property in Brunswick looking forward to cleaner, healthier public spaces. 

Chair of Council's People City portfolio councillor Richard Foster said an average of 85 per cent of people polled both online and in person supported the ban, while 9 per cent had no opinion and 6 per cent opposed it. 

"We are committed to protecting the community as much as we can from the harmful effects of passive smoking and hope visitors to Howey Place, Equitable Place and Block Place will now breathe a little easier knowing the areas are smoke free," said Mr Foster in a 11 March statement. 

The future of Melbourne's atmosphere could be on the right track to being completely smoke-free in the coming years, which could be an incentive for people interested in buying into the local markets. 

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