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Cancer Council welcomes smokefree announcement

Sunday 23 August, 2015

News today that smokefree areas in Victoria will be extended has been welcomed by the Cancer Council Victoria.

An article appearing in this morning’s newspaper indicates the State Government will amend legislation to increase areas where community will protected from second-hand smoke.

Cancer Council Victoria CEO, Mr Todd Harper said the action on smokefree environments represented a step forward, and showed the Government was committed to improving the health of Victorians.

“Extending smokefree outdoor areas is an important part of any strategy to reduce impacts of smoking and particularly protect the health and safety of hospitality workers.”

“I am looking forward to examining the detail of proposed changes and how they will apply to dining and drinking areas.”

The announcement is in line with current community expectations; with a recent survey from cancer Council Victoria reveal more than 7 out of 10 Victorians support smoking bands in outdoor drinking and dining areas.