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AMA Victoria is heartened to hear that Minister Davis is set to ban smoking in outdoor dining areas

Sunday 3 August 2014

"Banning smoking in outdoor dining areas, such as beer gardens and cafe street seating, will strengthen the message to the community that smoking is no longer viewed as normal, but is an unnecessary and unhealthy habit that leads to death and disease," AMA Victoria President, Dr Tony Bartone, said.

"Victoria is currently the only state which had not introduced (or committed to introduce) an outdoor dining smoking ban.

"As a consequence of the state's failure to bring about significant tobacco reforms, Victoria has "won" the Dirty Ashtray Award for the last three years. An outdoor smoking ban will put us in line with the other states and territories.

"The health effects of second-hand smoke are well documented and this new measure will help ensure that hospitality employees and patrons are not exposed to these harmful toxins.

"We support Minister Davis in this decision: it is long overdue and a very important public health reform," Dr Bartone said.

AMA Victoria met with Minister Davis on 16 July to discuss our priorities for the upcoming state election, which includes a smoking ban in outdoor dining areas.

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