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Stronger action required to reduce harm from tobacco use

Eligibility - Queensland citizens

Principal Petitioner:

Phil Browne
5/45 Doggett Street
TENERIFFE QLD 4005

Total Signatures - 194

Sponsoring Member: Grace Grace MP

Posting Date: 21/03/2011

Closing Date: 21/07/2011

Tabled Date: 2/08/2011

Responded By: Hon Geoff Wilson MP on 1/09/2011

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House:

  • Tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in Australia and further strengthening of legislation is required.
  • In 2010 Queensland Health estimated that smoking contributed directly to over 3,400 deaths and over 35,000 hospital operations annually.
  • Queensland Health estimates 32,000 Queensland children aged 12-17 smoke weekly.
  • Extending smoking bans will reduce passive smoking harm and assist smokers to quit.
  • Since 1 January 2010 councils have the option to ban smoking in pedestrian malls and public transport waiting points. A ban is proposed for only one pedestrian mall and nil public transport points. This optional system is a failure.
  • Publicans are skirting the intention of current legislation by including outdoor areas seldom/never used by patrons when calculating the designated outdoor smoking area (DOSA). Balconies, carparks and footpaths can be included in the DOSA calculation, reducing the non-smoking area of a venue's main outdoor drinking area to below the 50% intended.
  • Increasing tobacco price has the greatest impact on reducing sales.

Your petitioners therefore request the House to:

  • Ban smoking in all pedestrian malls and public-transport waiting points.
  • Ban adults smoking in vehicles carrying children <18 years.
  • Only major outdoor drinking areas made available every day are to be used to calculate the DOSA at liquor-licensed premises.
  • Reduce the DOSA at liquor-licensed premises from 50% of the outdoor area to 25%.
  • Lobby the Federal Government for further tobacco excise increases.