No-smoking by-laws next step for state
QUEENSLANDERS have stepped up calls for a smoke-free state and their voices are being heard.
A majority of submissions to the State Government review supported the creation of powers to ban smoking in units and apartments.
Cancer Council CEO, Chris McMillan, said the strength of the submissions encouraged her.
“A total of 321 submissions were made to the Property Law Review, with the highest number of responses received in answer to the question of whether body corporates should have the ability to ban smoking in multi-unit dwellings,” said Ms McMillan.
“Overwhelmingly, Queenslanders want to see progress on tobacco control so that they and their families are protected against the harmful effects of second-hand smoke,
“The evidence is unequivocal – bans on smoking are a great way to help smokers quit, and they also prevent our next generation from taking up this lethal habit.
“When I read the submissions to the State Government review, I was moved by the stories of everyday Queenslanders who had been so badly affected by exposure to the toxic chemicals contained in second-hand smoke,” she said.
“Our data confirms that at least half of all Queenslanders living in multi-unit dwellings are affected by smoke drift, and the majority are extremely concerned about the health risks.”
You can still have a say, community feedback can be submitted before May 5 via justice.qld.gov.au.