THIRTY of Tasmania's most renowned markets and festivals will have fresh air this year as the state government's interim smoke free public events policy sparks up.
The policy builds on the list of non- smoking areas on patrolled beaches and at Carols by Candlelight services, which were added last year.
Breath of Life and Tamar Valley Beer Festival organiser Stacy File said she didn't expect the policy to damage the success of her events.
"I see it from both perspectives," Ms File said.
"I understand everyone has a right to do what they want because smoking is legal, but being a mother of two kids I think it's a good initiative."
She said the beer festival would offer pass-outs for smokers and Breath of Life would offer designated areas away from food and drink stalls.
Environmental Health state manager Stuart Heggie said the policy was about improving public health and shifting the pro-smoking paradigm.
"We have taken the time to consult with all the event organisers on the list who have been excellent in working with us to achieve this great result," Mr Heggie said.
He said penalties could be handed out by patrolling officials, but would be used only as a last resort.
Launceston City Council general manager Robert Dobrzynski said the policy was a reflection of the Tasmanian community's attitude towards smoking and would make events a more attractive option for families.
Smoking is banned between the beach flags at Boat Harbour, Bridport, Burnie, Carlton Park, Clifton Beach, Devonport, Kingston Beach, Penguin, Port Sorell, Scamander, Somerset and Ulverstone.