Outdoor dining AND drinking the way to go in Victoria

Saturday 30 May, 2015

Quit Victoria and Cancer Council Victoria have welcomed the State Opposition’s support for the introduction of smoke-free outdoor dining across the state, but say outdoor drinking areas must also be smoke-free.

Quit Victoria Director Dr Sarah White said both outdoor dining and drinking areas needed to be smoke-free to ensure customers and staff are protected from second-hand smoke.

“Bans on smoking in both outdoor dining and drinking areas are in place or underway in every other state and territory of Australia for good reason – to protect non-smokers and support quitters to stay quit.”

Quit Victoria, Cancer Council Victoria, the Heart Foundation (Victoria) and Australian Medical Association Victoria have recommended that laws requiring smoke-free outdoor dining and drinking areas be introduced as a priority.

Cancer Council Victoria CEO, Mr Todd Harper, said making outdoor drinking and dining areas smoke-free would be popular with the Victorian community.

"Research shows us legislation to make outdoor drinking and dining areas smoke-free would be overwhelmingly embraced by the public. People not only want, but expect, to enjoy socialising at restaurants and bars outdoors without having to worry about second-hand smoke.”

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For help to quit smoking, contact Quitline on 13 7848 or www.quit.org.au . Cancer information and support is available on 13 11 20. 

Updated: 30 May, 2015