|04 October 2011|
Shopping outlet giant Harbour Town Adelaide will ban smoking from December 5.
The ban was announced today by Harbour Town Adelaide Centre Manager, Mrs Tania Rucioch, who said the decision to go ‘smoke-free’ would reduce shoppers’ exposure to harmful second-hand smoke and would provide a healthier working environment.
“Our new smoke-free policy will restrict all staff, customers and visitors to Harbour Town Adelaide from smoking in the malls and entry areas,” she said.
“It’s an early Christmas present for the 45,000 shoppers who visit Harbour Town Adelaide every week.”
Mrs Rucioch said more than 2.3 million people visited Harbour Town Adelaide every year to shop at more than 130 outlets.
“The move to ban smoking is part of our commitment to improve the health of children and families in our community,” she said.
“It is well-known that second-hand smoke or passive smoking causes problems for people.
“Even brief exposure to passive smoking can trigger symptoms such as irritation of the eyes and nose, headaches, sore throat and coughing. Research shows that long-term exposure can have serious adverse health effects including heart disease and lung cancer.”
Mrs Rucioch said posters highlighting the December 5 ban would be placed throughout Harbour Town Adelaide to give shoppers advance warning.
“However, we hope people will do the right thing and help us provide a healthier environment for families who love to shop at our wide range of outlets,” Mrs Rucioch said.
“People who feel that they do need to smoke will be able to go out into the car park where butt bins will be provided.”
The Acting Executive Director of Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia, Simone Cormack, said introducing a smoke-free policy at Harbour Town Adelaide would reduce the risk of harm from passive smoking and provide a safer environment for all who visited or worked at Harbour Town.
“Exposure to passive smoking in outdoor areas can produce symptoms of ill-health, particularly for vulnerable people such as young children, pregnant women and people who suffer from pre-existing respiratory or cardiovascular conditions,” she said.
“The Harbour Town management’s commitment to the health and safety of its staff and patrons is commendable.”