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Have your say on smoke free Banyule

Tue 29 May, 2018

Have an opinion about smoke free public areas in Banyule?

Get your opinion heard during the Banyule Council Smoke Free Areas consultation that kicks off on World No Tobacco Day, 31 May.

World No Tobacco Day raises awareness of smoking-related death and disease and, according to Banyule Mayor Cr Mark Di Pasquale, is a perfect time to start Council’s consultation on smoking in public areas. 

“World No Tobacco Day this year focusses on the impact tobacco has on people’s cardiovascular health,” Cr Di Pasquale said. “And we know that tobacco use is the second leading cause of cardiovascular disease after high blood pressure.

“Most people have welcomed the ban on smoking in outdoor dining areas since the state government legislated in 2017. But more can be done to protect our community from exposure to second hand smoke.”

In Banyule, 67.5 per cent of the population are non-smokers, 23.8 per cent are ex-smokers and 8.6 per cent are current smokers.

According to the World Health Organisation, tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year. More than 6 million of those deaths are due to direct tobacco use and around 890,000 are from non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.

There are 4000 chemicals in tobacco smoke. At least 250 of those are known to be harmful and more than 50 are known to cause cancer.

You can have your say on Council’s smoke free environment on Council’s Shaping Banyule website until 30 June.