Show your support for a tobacco free world in support of the above Bill. Comments will end on 9 August 2018.
Tobacco use is considered the single most important man-made cause of cancer that can be avoided. Both tobacco smoke and tobacco products for oral use contain a number of carcinogenic substances which contribute to tobacco related cancers. Further research studies also show that the use of nicotine may interfere with cancer therapy.
We know that the tobacco industry mobilises support widely and is able to get hundreds of submissions in support of their objective of limiting the scope of tobacco control legislation.
We must not let them succeed!
We need you to support the proposed changes to the legislation, and give the Department of Health and the government the numbers they need to ensure that the Draft Bill becomes law.
By supporting the Bill, it means:
- 100% smoke –free indoor place
- A ban on outdoor smoking in certain public areas, including in stadiums, beaches, hospital grounds and other public places
- The introduction of plain packaging of cigarettes with graphic health warnings and for this packaging to apply to all other devices used in connection with tobacco products such as e-cigarettes, water pipes and pipes. This means that all brands of cigarettes will be packaged in the same material and use the same font to indicate the name of the brand on the box.
- The removal of all advertising at the point-of-sale of cigarettes.
- A ban on smoking in any motor vehicle when a child under the age of 18 years is present and when there is more than one person present in that vehicle.
- The regulation of e-cigarettes in exactly the same way as combustible cigarettes, which means among other changes, that they will no longer be able to be advertised, and that health warnings on the packaging will be mandatory.
- A ban on smoking in any enclosed common areas of a multi-unit residence.
- The Minister may prohibit smoking in any outdoor public place or workplace if they believe it would be in the public interest.
- Stricter rules on the depiction of any tobacco products – including a ban on the sale of any confectionery or toy that resembles or is intended to represent a tobacco product.
- Imprisonment or a fine depending on the severity of the offence. For example, those caught smoking in banned areas will receive a fine or prison time up to three months, while those found guilty of manufacturing or importing tobacco products which do not meet the new requirements and existing standards could face a fine and imprisonment of up to 10 years.
Through our involvement with cancer patients and the public at large we have witnessed the devastating impact of tobacco use.
So make your voice heard and please support this submission by signing up.
Thank you for helping to create a world without tobacco for us and our future generations.