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Quit gets behind smokefree playgrounds

Thursday 22 February, 2007

Quit Victoria has welcomed the announcement by Monash City Council that smoking will be banned smoking in playgrounds in the City of Monash from July 1, this year.

Quit has encouraged other Councils to follow the lead of Monash and consider the proposal claiming the move is a good step in promoting a smokefree lifestyle to young people.

Executive Director of Quit Victoria, Mr Todd Harper, said he expected Monash City Council's proposal to be met with overwhelming community support.

Research conducted by The Cancer Council of Victoria in 2003 showed that 87% of Victorians supported smokefree playgrounds, including a remarkable 83% of smokers.

"The public have an expectation for smokefree environments, especially in places that are particularly attractive for young people, so this will be a popular move by the Monash City Council."

"By minimising the exposure of younger people to smoking in these environments, we can dismantle the myth that smoking is a normal behaviour."

 

 

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Edwina Vellar,
Media Manager
ph: (03) 9635 5400
mob: 0417 303 811
email:
Edwina.Vellar@cancervic.org.au

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