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The Queensland government has moved to ensure the only smoke coming from the state's national parks is from campfires, with strict smoking restrictions coming into force from Wednesday.
Smokers will need to move 10 metres away from visitor facilities in national parks if they want to light up.
National Parks Minister Steven Miles said the new restrictions applied to picnic tables and barbecues, as well as other facilities like toilet blocks, and included occupied camp sites.
"These restrictions will protect the health and wellbeing of park visitors, and we hope smokers will consider their own health and the health of others and observe the new restrictions," Dr Miles said in a statement.
Anyone breaching the 10-metre rule can be fined $243 on-the-spot by park rangers.
Queensland's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young supported extending smoking restrictions to national parks, saying the existing restrictions have resulted the state's adult daily smoking rate dropping to 12 per cent.
"Experience shows that strong smoking bans increase people's enjoyment of smoke-free public places and provide smokers with a clear understanding of where they should not smoke," Dr Young said in a statement.
The restrictions will apply to parts of 272 national parks, including 245 formalised campgrounds and 150 day-use areas and bush camping sites.