NSW Government congratulated for announcing new smoke-free laws

21 February 2012
Media Release

Cancer Council NSW has applauded the NSW Government for today announcing that it is set to introduce smoke-free outdoor laws across NSW. NSW Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, said the legislation will be introduced in the spring session of Parliament this year. Legislation will cover smoke-free children’s playgrounds, sporting fields when sports are being played, and covered bus shelters and taxi ranks, and from 2015, outdoor commercial eating areas. The news has been welcomed by Cancer Council NSW CEO Dr Andrew Penman, who has praised the NSW Government for listening and acting upon the needs of the community. “Cancer Council is delighted that the NSW government has taken this crucial step to protect children, parents and the whole community from toxic second-hand smoke,” he said. “But this will also protect new smokers from the harmful effects of smoking and support people who want to quit, and discourage young people from taking up smoking. “Businesses can be reassured that this announcement will be good for them, with research showing that for every person who objects to smoke-free dining, seven people will favour the move. This means smoke-free dining is good for health, good for dining and good for business,” he said

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Cancer Council NSW Media Contacts: Gina Murphy 0413 889 283 / Luke Alexander 0406 483 671