CANCER Council Queensland has welcomed Queensland Parliament's historic approval of the Smoke-free Places Amendment Bill 2015.
The Bill will see new bans on smoking at public transport waiting points, pedestrian malls, aged care facilities, specified national parks and at or near children's organised sporting events and skate parks.
Members of Parliament provided bipartisan support of the Bill, which passed late on Tuesday.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Professor Jeff Dunn AO commended Members of Parliament and the Palaszczuk Government for taking action on tobacco control.
"This is a historic moment for Queensland and for public health globally.
"The new laws will safeguard Queenslanders from second-hand smoke, encourage more smokers to quit and prevent more young people from taking up this lethal habit," Prof Dunn said.
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"Around one Queenslander a day tragically dies from second-hand smoke exposure - having never smoked a cigarette in their life.
"We congratulate the Health Minister Cameron Dick and the Palaszczuk Government on the passage of this Bill.
"Children will be protected from second-hand smoke, with a ban on smoking set to be introduced in and around kindergartens, after school-hours care and early childhood services.
"This legislation raises the global benchmark in tobacco control and sets a new standard for public health and wellbeing - and we thank the Government for its action.
"Support for smoke free spaces is higher than ever - communities across the state will celebrate this achievement safe in the knowledge they will now have legal safeguards against the very real dangers of passive smoking.
"We hope to see these new laws introduced as soon as possible this year," he said.
Around 3700 Queenslanders die from a tobacco-related disease each year. About 370 of these deaths are caused by second-hand smoke exposure.
Smokers can obtain free information, practical assistance and support from Quitline, 13 QUIT (13 7848).
More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at www.cancerqld.org.au or Cancer Council's 13 11 20.
WHAT YOU'RE SAYING ON FACEBOOK:
Nic Ellsum: "Some smokers just dont care because I have recently seen numerous people sitting on a bench with a no smoking sign right beside them/behind them and they are smoking."
Mel Nedwich: "Being a smoker is a choice you make yourself. I'm fairly sure majority of smokers will agree that not everyone needs to breathe in their cigarette smoke. Especially if they don't smoke themselves."
Nai E Dower: "Love it coz the amount of people who smoke at some of these places are so disrespectful and don't care if there is elderly or children present. Glad it's finally added some of the necessary places."
Brett Morris: "They need to ban people from smoking on balconies. We stayed 3 nights at a resort and spent the whole time inside because of smoked drifting over to us from next door. It made an otherwise enjoyable holiday very unpleasant."
Sarah Ingles: "Can it be banned in unit complexes to I have a disgusting smoker beside us no fresh air, no drying clothes on the clothes line why do these disgusting things get people so many rights?"
Maigen Pierce: "How much more control do they want. Some smokers do have respect and the others don't care."
Corey Wallyn: "It is legal isn't it????? you wouldn't think so."
Michael Kane: "Good luck trying to Ban it from skate parks."
Sarah Ingles: "Yes!!! I say ban the disgusting revolting things!! I can't stand the sight or smell of it."
Tammy Brodbeck: "We have had this in nsw for over a yr. & it works."
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