11 July 2013
Cancer Council SA has launched a major smoke-free alfresco drinking and dining push with a postcard and online campaign demanding decisive action from the Premier to ban smoking in alfresco drinking and dining areas.
Over the coming days, residents living near busy alfresco dining locations, including the metropolitan coastline, across the Parade, Rundle Street, North Adelaide and Victor Harbor, will receive postcards in the mail with a message to Premier Jay Weatherill calling for a state-wide ban on smoking in all alfresco drinking and dining areas.
Residents are encouraged to show their support for a smoke-free future by signing the postcard and sending it back in the post. An additional tear out slip is available in The Advertiser today for people who do not receive a postcard and want to be part of this important campaign.
Alternatively, South Australians can click here to send an email directly to the Premier calling on him to act.
On World No Tobacco Day in 2011, the then Health Minister pledged to ban smoking in all alfresco drinking and dining areas throughout the state by 2016. Since that time there has been no further action to protect the many workers and outdoor drinkers and diners in these areas.
In 2010, a Cancer Council SA study revealed that 90% of South Australians agreed that smoking should be restricted in outdoor dining areas, yet the Government has sat on its hands on this issue.
Cancer Council SA has serious concerns about this lack of action.
“The State Government has previously indicated its intention to take action on the dangers of smoking in outdoor drinking and dining areas and this is not a pledge we can allow them to walk away from - the time has come to take action,” says Professor Brenda Wilson, Chief Executive, Cancer Council SA.
“We are lagging behind the rest of the country with South Australia one of only two states yet to do something about banning smoking in alfresco settings. We certainly do not want to be the last one standing and tagged as ‘the alfresco smoking state!’
“No amount of exposure to cigarette smoke is safe and it is time to protect workers, drinkers and diners outside of pubs and clubs, as well as those inside.
“Studies have shown that smoke-free policies cause a decline in heart disease, increase quitting among smokers and reduce tobacco use among youth.
“Second-hand cigarette smoke causes death, disease and disability and we call on South Australians to voice their concerns directly to the Government and return the postcard, or click here to share their thoughts directly with the Premier.”
Anyone wanting advice on how to quit smoking should call the Quitline on 13 7848 or visit www.quitsa.org.au