On 26 May 2008, the new changes to Queensland’s anti-smoking laws will ban smoking in cars carrying children under the age of 16 years, and grant councils the power to regulate smoking in malls and at public transport waiting points such as bus stops.

By law and popular demand the Queensland Government has the nation’s toughest anti-smoking laws. These laws are reducing the public’s exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, contributing to a culture that supports smokers trying to quit, and discouraging young people from taking up the habit.

Mr Stephen Robertson said smoking-related deaths remained unacceptably high. Almost 3,400 Queenslanders die each year as a result of the habit. "Smoking related hospital admissions also place a huge burden on public finances, costing Queensland's health system $217 million a year," he said.


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