Dissent came unsurprisingly from the Australian Council on Smoking and Health, whose spokesman said:
the council's call was "misguided, retrograde and exaggerated". He said the smoking ban, introduced on all public hospital sites in 2008, was "being very well implemented and there will always be one or two exceptions". [first link above]One or two? Well, who knows? I suspect the problem was a little more serious than that, in order to convince an Australian government minister that a smoking ban has gone too far.
Hair-raising stories about desperate measures can be found on this side of the globe too: the Isle of Man prison banned smoking recently and this is the result: unfortunately the authorities there have less empathy than they have managed to show in Australia