Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

    Tough new legislation to reduce tobacco harm

    16/11/2016 1:30 PM
     
    • WA set to become first Australian State to ban minors from selling tobacco products in retail outlets
    • Proposed laws build on State's tobacco control leadership

    Health Minister John Day today announced a suite of legislative changes set to reinforce Western Australia's tough stance on tobacco control.

     

    Tabling the Tobacco Products Control Amendment Bill 2016 in State Parliament, Mr Day said the new Bill would tighten restrictions on the sale of tobacco, with an emphasis on protecting children.

     

    "We have made great strides forward in reducing death and disease caused by smoking in WA," he said.

     

    "West Australians are living longer and healthier lives because of the State's comprehensive approach to reducing smoking.  We fund public education campaigns and support smokers to quit, but strong legislation is the foundation of tobacco control and there is more to be done."

     

    The Minister said the proposed amendments were the result of extensive public consultation and would build on existing tobacco legislation, already among the toughest in the country.

     

    "WA will become the first State in Australia to make it illegal for employees under the age of 18 to sell tobacco products in retail outlets," he said.

     

    "Underage sales assistants are more likely to sell tobacco products to minors, and they should not be put in this position in the first place.  The protection of children is our priority."

     

    Other changes in the proposed legislation include:

    • banning the sale of fruit and confectionery-flavoured, and split-pack cigarettes
    • stopping tobacco sales at events such as music festivals and other public events
    • preventing the inclusion of tobacco purchases in shopping reward schemes
    • requiring the display of graphic health warnings beside price signage for tobacco products
    • a ban on specialist tobacco retailers displaying tobacco products, phased in over two years
    • streamlining of tobacco control administration.

    "I am committed to making this legislation a priority for the next Parliament," Mr Day said.

     

    "Most of the proposed provisions would have a six-month lead-in period, with the Department of Health tasked to conduct an education campaign for tobacco sellers."

     

    Fact File

    • Legislative proposals arose from a review of the Tobacco Products Control Act 2006
    • WA has some of Australia's tightest restrictions on public smoking and tobacco promotion
    • In 2015, about nine per cent of West Australians aged 16 and over were daily smokers, down from 16 per cent in 2004
    • To view the Bill, visit http://www.parliament.wa.gov.au

    Minister's office - 6552 6200

     

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