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Smoke free outdoor dining to be introduced to Victoria in 2017

25 August 2015

Jill Hennessy, the Victorian Health Minister, has announced that all outdoor dining areas in the state will become smoke free as of August 2017.

She said that the two year lead up is to give business operators time to introduce the required legislative changes prior to the ban coming into effect.

Hennessy told ABC news that, “We want to reduce the visibility of smokers, we want to de-normalise smoking for young people – we’ve got to challenge around 80% of smokers taking up smoking before they’re 18.”

Todd Harper, Chief Executive of the Victorian Cancer Council, stated that, at present, 13% of Victorians smoke at a cost of over $2 billion to the state’s healthcare system. Research has also shown that 73% of Victorians are in favour of the ban.

“Ultimately, how effective the smoke-free laws are will be seen in how well they protect hospitality workers from tobacco smoke, because they are the ones who spend the most time in these environments,” Harper stated.

 

Source  :  The Guardian, 23 August 2015