Queens­land the leader in Aust smok­ing re­form

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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