Smoke Free Public Places – A Healthy Challenge for Local Government

Mr Mark Dwyer, Hobart City Council

Tobacco smoking remains the single greatest preventable cause of illness and death in Australia and the prevalence of smokers in Tasmania is higher than the national average. Research shows that there is no safe level of tobacco consumption and no safe level of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). The Hobart City Council has taken a local government leadership role and introduced smoke free public places in Hobart’s CBD. The smoke free areas include two pedestrian malls and a bus mall. The level of acceptance and compliance to date has been quite staggering. However there are some essential steps to take to successfully introduce public programs that reduce tobacco related harms.

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