Perth Airport

Perth Airport is the gateway to WA and the current situation of smoking at the airport is sending people the wrong message.  The health of passengers and visitors remains at risk because of a defective so-called smoking ‘policy’ which directs smokers to retrograde smoking shelters outside the terminals.

During visits to the airport, ACOSH observed many people walking in and out of the entrance to the airport through the thick cloud of cigarette smoke: families, young children, babies, elderly people, couples, and individuals.

Smoking at Perth Airport has been an ongoing focus of concern for some time, and one which ACOSH has received many complaints from members of the public.  Following continuing pressure from ACOSH, the airport management has made improvements with larger signage, extended smoke free zones and voice-over reminders encouraging people not to smoke in all smoke free zones.

If you have been exposed to secondhand smoke at Perth Airport and would like to make a complaint, please contact us on acosh@acosh.org or call on 6365 5436.  Community complaints regarding exposure to secondhand smoke at public places are treated confidentially and are valuable for required action.  ACOSH uses community complaints to offer assistance to the government and responsible compliance agencies to review and improve monitoring and enforcement processes.

 

 

The stats

85%

of West Australians don't smoke.

95%

of our youth don't smoke.

Over the past year ACOSH has also:

  • Ran an online survey relative to the smoking shelters;
  • Wrote to the CEO numerous times;
  • Investigated and alerted the airport to the untenable situation at Skippers Aviation, with baggage carousel directly in front of the open door, where people stand and smoke; and
  • Filed a complaint with WorkSafe regarding the OSH issues around cleaning the smokers’ shelter.

It has been over two years since the first ‘shelter’ was erected and the situation hasn’t changed. This was proven in an article published in The West Australian in early April 2013 Airport smokers break rules.

We’re not advocating that the rights of smokers be ignored. We are advocating that the rights of non-smokers be respected as there is no safe level of exposure to second hand smoke. It’s surely not too much to ask that smokers wait five more minutes to light up once they leave the airport.

For more information on this campaign or to show your support please contact ACOSH on acosh@acosh.org or call 08 6365 5436.