The City of Perth has voted to outlaw smoking in pedestrian malls - a move described as the biggest step to protect non-smokers in WA since smoking was banned in alfresco dining areas four years ago.
The council voted unanimously last night to ban smoking in the Hay and Murray street malls and Forrest Place.
Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the ban was for the greater good of the community. "Smokers are in the minority," she said. "Why should we pander to the minority?
"It's the majority who should say where smoking can and cannot occur.
"If I had it my way, the city would be smoke free."
Perth is the first WA council to prohibit smoking on pedestrian streets.
Brisbane City Council banned smoking in Queen Street Mall in 2011 and Adelaide has a six-month smoke-free trial in and around Rundle Street Mall. Hobart banned smoking in the Elizabeth Street Mall.
The local law amendment will now go to the State Government for approval. If passed, the council will phase the ban in over six months to educate people before penalties and fines are imposed.
Mike Daube, president of the Australian Council on Smoking and Health, said this was a big step in the right direction.
"It is certainly the next logical step," he said. "It will not only protect non-smokers but also send a clear message."