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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2558

Tougher smoking laws passed in Queensland

By Manjari Peiris

Queensland has passed some of the toughest smoking laws in the country. Thus from September 1, smoking will be banned near childcare facilities, bus stops and taxi ranks, public pools, children’s sporting venues, skate parks and outdoor malls.

The new laws also ban the sale of tobacco products at pop-up retail outlets such as at music festivals.

According to the Health Minister, a ban on smoking in and around aged care facilities, except in designated areas was an Australian first. “Currently there is no legislative restriction in aged care residents smoking in their rooms and this potentially poses risks to the hardworking and staff who work in those facilities”, he stated.

More than 3700 Queenslanders died each year as a result of smoking. The Health Minister has stated that tobacco legislation such as smoke-free places is an integral part of effective tobacco control.

Opposition health spokesman opined that perhaps the day will come when there won’t be cigarette smoke in the state.
A spokeswoman for the Heart Foundation said the bans would reduce the risk of passive smoking in public places.

She further stated that passive smoking actually causes 10 percent of smoking deaths that they are aware of which is quite a significant impact. “However, active smoking is the most dangerous, but we need to help people both quit and not be exposed in public places.” she said.

- Asian Tribune –

Queensland has passed Australia's toughest anti-smoking laws. Photo: Tamara Voninski
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