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2 May 2011

Tobacco law changes up for discussion

Up to 15 changes to Western Australia's Tobacco Products Control Act 2006 are up for consideration in a recently released Department of Health discussion paper.

The paper lists a number of options for amendments to the legislation, which will form the basis for consultation with key stakeholders and the community.

Department of Health Director Chronic Disease Prevention, Denise Sullivan said submissions would be open for six weeks until 10 June 2011.

"Among the options listed in the paper are a ban on the sale of fruit and confectionary flavoured cigarettes and a complete smoking ban in outdoor areas," Ms Sullivan said.

"A requirement that tobacco can only be sold by persons over 18 years and the removal of the smoking exemption applying to the Burswood Casino International Room are also up for consideration.

"It is important to remember that all of the options are for discussion only and have not been endorsed by the Department of Health, the Minister for Health or the State Government."

The review into the Tobacco Products Control Act 2006 is part of a legislative requirement to review and report on the operation and effectiveness of the act after four years in operation.

Consultation of the discussion paper will involve distribution to key stakeholders and print advertising.

Ms Sullivan said once the submissions closed the Department of Health would analyse the feedback and prepare a final report for the State Government's consideration.

To view the discussion paper or to lodge a submission visit www.tobaccocontrol.health.wa.gov.au/review/

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