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AMA Victoria congratulates Baw Baw Shire for leading the way on Tobacco

News that Baw Baw Shire plans to permanently ban smoking in outdoor dining areas has been met with approval by the Australian Medical Association Victoria.
A vote by the shire council to ban smoking within ten meters of outdoor dining areas was passed unanimously last night. The move is now open for public consultation and the local laws could come into force as soon as December.
“We’re very pleased to see Baw Baw Shire taking the lead on this issue” said AMA Victoria President Dr Stephen Parnis.
“We’ve been saying for a long time that a State-wide smoking ban for outdoor dining areas and shared public spaces is necessary”
“Where the State Government is failing to act, councils like Baw Baw Shire have taken up the fight”.
Earlier this year AMA Victoria and other health groups called for the State Government to introduce a ban on smoking:
•        Within 10 metres of children’s playground equipment
•        Within 4 metres of entrances to public buildings
•        Within 4 metres of public transport stops
•        Sporting grounds and facilities
•        Patrolled beaches, in the area that falls between the lifesavers’ flags
•        Pedestrian malls (e.g. Bourke Street Mall)
•        Public events (e.g. food and wine or music festivals)
Surveys undertaken by the cancer council show that a majority of Victorians support a ban on smoking in outdoor dining areas and States like NSW have already committed to bringing these laws into force.
“Smoking is the largest preventable cause of death in Australia”.
“I applaud Baw Baw Shire Councillors for taking these measure to protect people from the well document affects of passive smoking” said Dr Parnis.

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