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New tobacco legislation introduced in Western Australia to reduce harms

Date posted: 16 November 2016

Health Minister, The Hon John Day has announced a suite of legislative changes set to reinforce Western Australia's tough stance on tobacco control. Tabling the Tobacco Products Control Amendment Bill 2016 in State Parliament, Mr Day said the new Bill would tighten restrictions on the sale of tobacco, with an emphasis on protecting children.

'We have made great strides forward in reducing death and disease caused by smoking in WA. West Australians are living longer and healthier lives because of the state's comprehensive approach to reducing smoking.  We fund public education campaigns and support smokers to quit, but strong legislation is the foundation of tobacco control and there is more to be done.'

The Minister said the proposed amendments were the result of extensive public consultation and would build on existing tobacco legislation, already among the toughest in the country.

'WA will become the first state in Australia to make it illegal for employees under the age of 18 to sell tobacco products in retail outlets. Underage sales assistants are more likely to sell tobacco products to minors, and they should not be put in this position in the first place. The protection of children is our priority,' the Minister added.

Other changes in the proposed legislation include:

The Minister has assured retailers and consumers that 'Most of the proposed provisions would have a six-month lead-in period, with the Department of Health tasked to conduct an education campaign for tobacco sellers.'

Source: Government of Western Australia Media Releases

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Last updated: 16 November 2016
 
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