Tobacco law reform in Western Australia well overdue

Media Release

Date: 6 September 2017

The Heart Foundation Western Australia and the Australian Council on Smoking and Health have welcomed an announcement today by the Minister for Health for changes to WA’s tobacco control legislation.

“These are the first changes to tobacco laws in Western Australia since 2010, and are well overdue”, said Mr Maurice Swanson, Chief Executive of the Heart Foundation and President of the Australian Council on Smoking and Health.

“These legislative changes will help Western Australia catch up to tobacco law reform already implemented in other states of Australia.

“The changes announced today focus mainly on the sale of tobacco in retail outlets and they are welcome, particularly the proposal that tobacco can only be sold by people over the age of 18.

“We look forward to working with the Minister for Health, and the Department of Health Western Australia to implement further changes to tobacco legislation that will help WA regain its Australian leadership in reducing the use of tobacco by adults and children”, Mr Swanson said.

Contact: Mr Maurice Swanson – ACOSH President and Chief executive of the National Heart Foundation of Australia (WA Division)
Mobile: 0401 090 915

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