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Smoke Free outdoor areas YSC

Presentation to council re Smoke free

Brendan Pearson

on 16 February 2011

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Transcript of Smoke Free outdoor areas YSC

Smoke Free Outdoor Areas Young Shire Council Brendan Pearson
Smokefree Portfolio leader
Clinical Support Cluster (Southern) NSW Health Barb Manwaring
Health Development Officer
Clinical Support Cluster (Southern) NSW Health Fran Horne
Regional Programs Coordinator
Cancer Council NSW (Southern region) Why introduce smoke free outdoor areas? Hazardous Environmental Tobacco Smoke Cancer, asthma, other respiratory diseases smoking rates still high in certain population groups council leading by example protecting health of vulnerable (SIDS, ear problems, asthma) What's the support like for these measures? What areas are we talking about? Social norms changing Tobacco Industry deception in the past and present Media articles Bus stops Alfresco dining areas Outside council buildings Ten metres from playgrounds on all sporting fields, grounds and pools At council sponsored events Pedestrian footpaths/malls On footpaths outside hospitals Are other councils acting also? YES....over 50% councils have implemented a policy for smoke free outdoor areas that covers at least one of the areas mentioned Smoking prevalence
Aust 2007 - 19.4%
NSW 2009 - 17.2%
GSAHS 2009 - 18.7% deaths attributable to tobacco, 2003 What concerns do councils have? What is the policy like in practice? What's in a cigarette? Effect of smoking culture on youth What support and resources is there for councils to implement such policy? Smoke Free Outdoor Area Kit for councils Heart Foundation Cancer Council NSW Funding and support from Health Sticker signage from Health Young Shire Council:

Smoking at all during pregnancy = 26.6% (significantly higher than the state average of 14.1%)

Smoking attributable hospitalisations NSW 2006-07 to 2007-08, per 100,000 population = 348.6 (not different to the state average) Brendan Pearson
Smokefree Portfolio leader
Clinical Support Cluster (Southern) NSW Health Fran Horne
Regional Programs Coordinator
Cancer Council NSW (Southern Region) Barb Manwaring
Health Development Officer
Clinical Support Cluster (Southern) NSW Health Help with the policy? ? address butt litter 1950 - Harmful effects of tobacco first published Butt litter trusts Advertising that rebuts tobacco control initiatives via their agents, opinion pieces contrary to evidence Aboriginal people (50)% People with mental illness (70-90%) Prison pop'n (75%) young people 16-24 (25-30%) Homeless adults (70-100%) Opinion surveys The Cancer Council NSW 2006 Survey Australian News Limited online 2007 Survey
Lack of resources (Staff and finances)
Community opposition
Business opposition
Lack of Councillor and/or council staff support or interest
compared with other policies limited backlash i.e. dog free beach Port Stephens Limited community backlash Occasional Tobacco Industry interference political donations 4000 harmful chemicals
- such as acetone (found in paint stripper), butane (found in lighter fluid), napthalene (found in moth balls)

69 carcincogens
- such as Napthylamine, Toluidine, Pyrene

informs residents of the real dangers of Second Hand Smoke

caters to the majority (as most are non smokers)

continues to send the denormalisation message about smoking

there is wide support for many areas

improved public amenities (i.e. reduced butt litter, cleaning costs, second hand smoke = more pleasant)

protects the health of residents

it's good for the economy long term with people living longer, being employed longer and contributing to the community longer We strongly encourage councillors to vote 'FOR' the policy. Other councils, sample policies, drawing on their experience Policy can be enforced in leases, licences or other estates that apply to council owned and managed land and properties WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control
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