LETTER: Butt out and make big changes to tobacco

World No Tobacco Day offers a time to reflect and celebrate the important milestones which have seen smoking dramatically decrease. 

The introduction of plain-packaging in 2012 was a major victory in the fight by Australia’s public health community and governments against Big Tobacco.

Last year was another milestone, with smoking banned from outdoor venues serving food, allowing restaurant goers to enjoy outdoor venues without having to inhale toxic cigarette smoke.

Yet the battle has not been won, not yet. So on World No Tobacco Day, we should all take a moment to remember that tobacco control is everyone’s business – government, business and the community.

Jerril Rechter, 

VicHealth CEO

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