THE FU­TURE OF SMOK­ING IN QUEENS­LAND

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

We’re urg­ing Queens­lan­ders to speak out and have their say about smoke-free places across the state.

Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land, Heart Foun­da­tion and Asthma Foun­da­tion have launched a statewide sur­vey on smok­ing, giv­ing Queens­lan­ders the op­por­tu­nity to share their opin­ion about cur­rent and fu­ture smoke-free places.

The sur­vey will gauge sup­port on cur­rent tobacco laws and iden­tify ad­di­tional ar­eas the com­mu­nity would like to see smoke-free, in­clud­ing out­door pub­lic ar­eas and multi-unit hous­ing.

Those who smoke or are ex­posed to sec­ond-hand smoke are at a much greater risk of de­vel­op­ing chronic dis­eases, in­clud­ing heart dis­ease and can­cers. Smok­ing re­mains the lead­ing cause of pre­ventable death and dis­ease in Aus­tralia. In Queens­land alone around 3700 peo­ple die from a tobacco-re­lated dis­ease each year. This sur­vey will give the pub­lic a voice to help ad­vo­cate for stronger tobacco leg­is­la­tion re­forms through the ex­ten­sion of statewide smoke-free places in Queens­land.

If you’re a Queens­lan­der aged 18 and over, please com­plete our Smoke-free Places Sur­vey at www.can­cerqld.org.au/ smoke­freeplaces­sur­vey by Oc­to­ber 16.

All re­sponses are anony­mous and con­fi­den­tial.

Chris McMil­lan CEO, Cancer Coun­cil Queens­land

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