No-smok­ing by-laws next step for state

Western Times - - NEWS -

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.

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