Smoke free environments

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Exposure to second-hand smoke is associated with immediate and longer term risks for heart disease. Smoke-free environments protect non-smokers from the dangers of second-hand smoke. 

We support smoke-free legislation which is working to make all public places and popular outdoor venues, such as dining and drinking areas, completely smoke-free

Read more about on cardiovascular disease and secondhand-smoke.

Benefits of smoke-free environments

A consistent approach is needed across Australia to define and regulate smoke-free areas.

Health benefits of smoke-free environments

  • Reduced cardiovascular disease, especially decreases in admissions to hospital of people having a heart attack
  • Improved respiratory health, particularly decreases in asthma incidences and symptoms
  • During the first year in which smoke-free legislation is in effect, communities have experienced a 15% drop in Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI) hospital admissions. This decline reaches 36% by the third year after implementation.*
  • Younger and non-smoking populations experienced the greatest declines. The Institute of Medicine (U.S.) concluded that there is a causal relationship between indoor smoking bans and reduced AMI risk.
  • Improved respiratory health, particularly decreases in asthma attacks and symptoms

Economic benefits of smoke-free environments

  • small positive effects on businesses including restaurants and bars
  • increases in worker productivity
  • reduced cleaning and maintenance costs
  • reduced insurance costs 

Smoke-free housing

All Australians have a right to breathe clean air, especially in their own homes. Smoke infiltration is both a health hazard and a nuisance.

There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke.

We support current efforts in Queensland that call for changes in strata housing processes to give residents better protection from smoke infiltration.  

Additional information on smoke-free environment laws and regulations across Australia (PDF)


*From Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control 2016.