The Australian Council on Smoking and Health has today strongly endorsed a decision by WA Health Minister Roger Cook to remove a legal exemption that allows smoking in the ‘high roller’ rooms at Perth’s Crown Casino.
“This is an evidence-based and entirely appropriate decision by the Minister for Health to protect the health of staff and patrons of the casino,” said Maurice Swanson, Chief Executive, Australian Council on Smoking and Health.
“This year marks the 40th anniversary of a landmark study published in the British Medical Journal by Professor Takeshi Hirayama which demonstrated that exposure to secondhand smoke is a cause of lung cancer in non-smokers.
“Despite the overwhelming and well-publicised evidence regarding the health effects of secondhand smoke generated by medical research from 1981 to 2021, Crown Perth has continued to exploit the exemption to allow smoking in the indoor ‘high roller’ areas and has significantly expanded the areas devoted to the International Gaming Room since 2006,” said Mr Swanson.
Earlier this year, ACOSH, Cancer Council WA and the Public Health Association Australia WA provided a comprehensive submission to the Perth Casino Royal Commission calling for the removal of the exemption.
Health Minister Roger Cook announced his decision regarding Crown Perth this morning at the presentation of the 2021 Dr Bob Elphick Medal to Addy Carroll and Shirley Frizzell for their outstanding contribution to tobacco control in WA as the inaugural Executive Director and Director of Health Promotion at the Western Australia Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway).
The Australian Council on Smoking and Health (ACOSH) is an independent, non-government, not for profit coalition established in 1971, and represents a further 35 prominent health and community organisations with a shared concern about smoking and its harmful consequences.
ACOSH has been a leading advocate for all the regulatory and legislative changes to reduce the impact of smoking on the Australian community, and proudly supported by the Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation – Healthway.