Keep Fresh Air Fresh

Monday 13 May, 2013

Over 200 of Victoria's most respected cancer specialists and clinicians have joined the call for the Victorian State Government to introduce a ban on smoking in outdoor dining and drinking areas.

These cancer specialists and clinicians of Cancer Council Victoria's Clinical Network have written to the State Government urging them to add outdoor dining and drinking areas to the list of smokefree outdoor areas it's currently consulting on. This has received media coverage from a number of sources including ABC news and the Herald Sun.

Professor David Ball, Chair of the Lung Service at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and long-standing Lung Cancer Committee member, commented on the strong backing from cancer specialists supporting a ban and has been a media spokesperson for QUIT. “With 80% to 90% of lung cancers caused by smoking, I witness a lot of suffering that could have been avoided. We should be taking every step possible to reduce the uptake of smoking and therefore the incidence of lung cancer, Victoria’s number one cancer killer.”

Quit Victoria Executive Director Fiona Sharkie said the backing from many of Victoria's most respected cancer clinicians echoed the high level of public support for a ban. "Seven out of ten Victorians want to see smokefree outdoor dining and drinking areas in our state and given 86% of Victorians don't smoke, that's not surprising. Almost 4000 Victorians die of smoking-related illness every year so creating environments which help them to quit rather than take up smoking and which denormalise smoking for young people will translate to significant health benefits across the board. It's time for Victoria to join every other state in Australia and ban smoking in outdoor dining and drinking areas."

Keep Fresh Air Fresh campaign:

Asthma Foundation Victoria, Australian Medical Association (Victoria), Cancer Council Victoria, Heart Foundation (Victoria), and Quit Victoria have launched an online campaign ‘Keep Fresh Air Fresh'.

The campaign encourages Victorians to urge the Napthine Government to add outdoor dining and drinking areas to the list of smokefree outdoor areas it is currently consulting on.