Queensland the leader in Aust smoking reform
QUEENSLAND has topped the list of the National Tobacco Control Scoreboard 2017 by the Australian Medical Association and ACOSH.
Heart Foundation chief executive officer Stephen Vines said smoking reforms brought in by the Queensland Government in the last year played a major part in the state’s win.
“Queensland has been forward thinking with its latest round of smoking reforms which include making more areas smoke-free,” Mr Vines said.
“Every new reform the Queensland Government brings in is a breath of fresh air, passive smoking causes heart disease and removing it from our environment helps to make not smoking the norm.”
Some smoking reforms introduced by the Queensland Parliament include a 10 metre smoke-free buffer around national park camp sites and public facilities.
No smoking within 10 metres of children’s sporting events and banning smoking at outdoor pedestrian malls, bus stops and taxi ranks with a five metre buffer zone, along with skate parks and playgrounds.