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Major health groups call on workplaces, bars and clubs to begin 2006 smokefree

Saturday 31 December, 2005

Major health groups have called on local venues and workplaces to ""quit"" and go smokefree in 2006, and help Victorians who have given smoking the boot, stick to their quitting plans and stay healthy.

Quit's Executive Director Mr Todd Harper, said it would be fantastic to see local venues create a non-smoking environment for those who have quit over the New Year period to be able to enjoy without temptation.

“There is clear evidence that shows us that by making bars and clubs smokefree we can help people quit, or even prevent them from taking up smoking in the first place.”

“With so many smokers making quitting their New Year’s resolution it is a perfect time for not only bars and clubs, but also workplaces, to implement a smokefree policy, helping people stay quit and helping others to reduce their tobacco consumption,” said Mr Harper.

Mr Harper said that socialising and working in smokefree environments is a very helpful step when quitting, but also encouraged smokers planning or trying to quit to remember help and support is available just by calling the Quitline on 13 QUIT (13 7848) for the cost of a local call.

Chief Executive Officer of VicHealth, Rob Moodie, said the workplaces and venues that go smokefree in the New Year period will prove popular with employees and patrons.

“In the last few years we have seen a huge increase in public support for tobacco control initiatives and smokefree environments, and people across the State will be pleased with efforts by either their workplace, or the places they socialise to protect them from harms caused by tobacco,” said Dr Moodie.

Victorian tobacco reforms introduced in 2005 ensure that from March 2006 all Victorian workplaces will be smokefree and from July 2007 all licensed venues will be smokefree.

“These reforms will help address the tremendous burden of tobacco on the community, and by ensuring workplaces, bars and clubs are smokefree the State Government is encouraging people to quit smoking,” said Dr Moodie.

IF YOU WANT TO QUIT SMOKING THIS YEAR, CALL THE QUITLINE ON 13 7848.

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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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