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Queensland's smoke-free zone laws commence

Date posted: 6 September 2016

Queensland's (Qld) new smoke-free zone laws came into effect on September 1, 2016. The laws expand smoke-free zones to include:

The laws are aimed at reducing the harm caused by secondary smoking in Qld. Smokers will also be required to 'butt out' at popular visitor areas such as picnic and barbecue sites and camping ground areas in national parks from February 1, 2017.

Qld National Parks Minister, Dr Steven Miles, said Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) would be rolling out an education campaign to advise park visitors of the upcoming smoking bans.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, Cameron Dick, said that the laws were designed to protect people in Qld from second-hand smoke, to further encourage smokers to quit, and to discourage young people from ever starting to smoke.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO, Professor Jeff Dunn AO, commended the Queensland Government for introducing the laws. 'These laws will save lives and lay the foundation for a smoke-free future,' he said. 'Almost one Queenslander will die every day from inhaling tobacco smoke, without ever having smoked a cigarette in their life. There is no safe level of smoking or passive smoking, and we know that bans on smoking in public places are an effective way of creating smoke-free communities.'

The amendments to the Tobacco and Other Smoking Products Act 1998 (Qld), were passed on 23 February 2016.

Source: NACCHO Communique

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Last updated: 29 September 2016
 
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