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  • Victoria bans smoking in cars with kids
  • The Herald Sun
  • 23/12/2008 Make a Comment
  • Contributed by: The Rooster ( 264 articles in 2008 )
VICTORIA will become the fifth Australian state to ban smoking in cars with children.

But smoking motorists will have another year to continue lighting up around youngsters, with the bans not coming into force until January 1, 2010.

South Australia, Tasmania, NSW and Queensland have already introduced such bans.

Victorian Health Minister Daniel Andrews launched the Victorian Tobacco Control Strategy 2008-2013 in Melbourne today.

The strategy is aimed at reducing adult smoking rates by 20 per cent by 2013.

Under the strategy, bans on tobacco point-of-sale displays in retail outlets will come into force from January 1, 2011.

The Victorian Government is tipping in $8.5 million for anti-smoking advertisements over the next four years, on top of $12 million already being provided.

"This plan sets out challenging targets to significantly reduce smoking in vulnerable and high-risk groups such as pregnant women and indigenous Victorians, helping smokers to quit and stay quit," Mr Andrews said.

In Victoria, smoking has been banned in pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafes, more than 80,000 enclosed workplaces, shopping centres, gaming venues, underage music and dance events and covered areas of train station platforms and tram and bus shelters.

Source: https://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,24833121-5005961,00.html


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