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Smoking ban for schools and hospitals pushed forward

By Jamil Allouche

New bans on smoking near the entrances of schools and hospitals have been brought forward, in order to help Melbourne become a healthier place for the public sooner rather than later. The new laws, which were expected to come into effect 30 June, are instead expected to hit the streets 13 April to coincide with the beginning of the second school term. 

This could be great news for residents of real estate in Brunswick, especially households with young school-aged children. Minister for education James Merlino said respecting children's right to clean air was an important step in the right direction. 

"These bans are a vital step in reducing the normalisation of smoking for our young people. The more they see smoking in public, the more they might think smoking is okay when we all know it's not," said Mr Merlino in a 23 March statement. 

Furthermore, minister for health Jill Hennessy said banning smoking at hospitals will help reduce the harm that is involved with tobacco, making hospitals a place where people go to be healed and recover – rather than exposed to more detrimental chemicals during this period. 

Melbourne is a city that is striving to become more environmentally friendly, and if you're after a similar lifestyle, real estate in Brunswick could be the perfect option.

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