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AUSTRALIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (WA)
The Australian Medical Association (WA) today congratulated the State Government for taking strong action to further cut smoking rates in WA.
“Today’s announcement is a positive one for health in our great state, especially for the healthy future of young people,” AMA (WA) President Dr Andrew Miller said.
“As Health Minister Day has said, we have seen smoking rates of those under 16 years fall from 16 per cent in 2004 to nine per cent today. The latest proposals will cut this rate further,” he said.
“While the proposed legislated changes are welcome, we must not forget that these have taken far too long to be considered and announced. In many ways these will only bring us up to the standards of other states.
Although a very positive move, it is unfortunate that we have to wait until after the election to see them passed into law.”
“The AMA (WA) would like to formally thank Mr Day for these productive steps in tightening controls on the supply of tobacco. Of course, Mr Day’s predecessor Dr Kim Hames should be acknowledged for his hard-fought effort in implementing these changes and others.”
“I hope that one day we can take the step to ban tobacco completely from our society. Until then we will continue to lobby government for further changes to tobacco supply, promotion and use.
“It is still intolerable that security at WA hospitals, for example, fail to take action against those many people who choose to smoke, often within metres of hospital entrances,” Dr Miller said.