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A breath of fresh air for people attending this year's the Royal Melbourne Show

Friday 23 September, 2011

Show goers can expect a breath of fresh this year with news the Royal Melbourne Show is well on its way to becoming a smokefree event.

Executive Director of Quit Victoria, Ms Fiona Sharkie, said the public overwhelmingly support and have an expectation for smokefree environments.

"Given the Royal Melbourne Show's reputation as a fun-filled family event it is fantastic news that majority of areas are now smokefree. This denormalises smoking and makes it less attractive to young people and easier for existing smokers to quit."

"The will no doubt prove to be a popular move with people intending to visit the Royal Melbourne Show, especially given the vast majority of Victorians don't smoke."

Ms Sharkie said that by committing to a largely smokefree event the organizers of Royal Melbourne Show were reflecting the idea that smoking, and smoky environments are simply no longer the norm for people in Melbourne.

"There is a whole new generation of Victorians who are growing up without exposure to second-hand smoke, so it makes sense for events like the Royal Melbourne Show to reflect this expectation for smokefree environments."

"Prohibiting smoking in outdoor areas not only reduces people's exposure to secondhand smoke but helps make smoking less visible and less socially acceptable."

Ms Sharkie said that when it came to exposing others to second-hand smoke, most smokers were very courteous and would not object to smoking being restricted at the Royal Melbourne Show.

"Most smokers would prefer not to smoke themselves, and certainly are very mindful of not exposing other families or children to second-hand smoke."

"We don't anticipate there being any issue with smokers who wish to attend the Royal Melbourne Show leaving their pack of cigarettes at home so they can enjoy a smokefree day out with loved ones."