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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