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Drinking could be banned in the dedicated smoking areas of pubs, clubs and casinos in an attempt to compel more Queenslanders to quit cigarettes.

Designated outdoor smoking areas (DOSAs) could also be moved further away from other patrons, and young people banned from mingling with adult smokers, under proposals released by Queensland Health for public comment. “DOSAs contribute to second-hand smoke exposure, with Queensland Health data showing that in 2018 almost one million Queenslanders (946,000) spent time in a DOSA, and more than half were non-smokers,” the department said in a discussion paper. [...]