Cancer Council worried South Australian Government no longer committed to banning outdoor smokers in dining areas


Then-health minister John Hill pledged in May 2011 to ban smoking in alfresco drinking and dining areas within five years. Cancer Council SA chief executive Brenda Wilson said South Australia and Victoria were the only states that had not restricted smoking outdoors by drinkers and diners. “Evidence indicates that’s there’s no risk-free level of exposure to second-hand smoke and even small amounts of exposure to tobacco smoke can be harmful to people’s health and ,apart from passive smoking contributing to lung cancer, it also contributes to heart disease, asthma, SIDS, along with a range of other health conditions,” she said. She said it was unclear what position current Health Minister Jack Snelling was taking on the plan. “When we met with Minister Snelling he said that he wasn’t able to give a commitment and alfresco drinking and dining smoke-free is something that we would like to see happen and a line drawn in the sand about when that is going to happen,” she said. The Cancer Council is delivering postcards to residents living near alfresco dining sites in Adelaide, and even as far afield as Victor Harbor, calling on Premier Jay Weatherill to ensure there is a statewide ban on smoking in outdoor dining and drinking areas. It hopes people will sign the postcard and post it as a way to give their message to the Government. The campaign is being backed up by newspaper advertising urging people to get involved.
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