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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2006  
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Contents >> Health >> Health risk factors >> Smoking >> Legislation

TOBACCO COALITION

The Tobacco Coalition was established in 2004. Stakeholders from government and non-government sectors work together to address tobacco issues in Tasmania. Membership includes representatives from:

  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Police and Public Safety
  • Department of Health and Aged Care (Commonwealth)
  • Quit Tasmania
  • The Cancer Council of Tasmania
  • Heart Foundation
  • Asthma Tasmania
  • Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance
  • Smoke Free Tasmania.

(Source:
Department of Health and Human Services)

SMOKE-FREE AREAS


In 2001, Smoke Free Tasmania led a public health campaign to secure comprehensive Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) legislation in Tasmania.

That legislation, Public Health Amendment (Smoke-Free Areas) Act 2001 (Tas.) commenced on 3 September 2001. It secured, for the first time in Tasmania, smoke-free enclosed public places and workplaces. The legislation was enacted to reduce the risk to the health of all Tasmanians from environmental tobacco smoke.

From January 1, 2006, under the Public Health Amendment (Smoke-Free Areas) Act 2004, the Tasmanian Government extended smoke-free areas to include all pubs and clubs. Restrictions were also placed on outside smoking areas in premises such as pubs, clubs, and nightclubs.

(Source: Department of Health and Human Services)

SUMMARY OF THE ETS LEGISLATION


Under the Public Health Amendment (Smoke-Free Areas) Act 2004 (Tas.) the following areas are deemed smoke-free:

  • All indoor (enclosed) public places and workplaces
  • Entrances and exits to buildings (within 3 metres)
  • Air intake for ventilation equipment (within 10 metres)
  • Outdoor areas on licensed premises (except designated outdoor smoking areas)
  • Outdoor dining areas (at least 50.0% of tables and/or seating grouped together in one part of that dining area)
  • Outdoor sporting or cultural venues (any area containing reserved seating)
  • Work vehicles (while being used in the course of employment if another person is present in the vehicle)
  • Designated smoke-free areas.

(Source: Department of Health and Human Services)


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