Five leading health groups have today (April 17) launched a campaign to protect Victorians from the dangers of second-hand smoke.
'Keep Fresh Air Fresh' aims to ban smoking in all outdoor dining and drinking areas. It is part of a wider crusade by Victoria's Department of Health to eradicate second-hand smoke from other public areas, such as swimming pools and outdoor skate parks.
According to Asthma Australia, approximately 2 million Australians are currently suffering from asthma. The disease also causes around 400 deaths throughout the country every year.
This may be one of the reasons why Robin Ould, Asthma Foundation Victoria's chief executive officer, is offering his full support to the campaign.
"Asthma is the number one cause of avoidable hospitalisations in children in Melbourne," Mr Ould said in this morning's statement. He believes this ban will make "a significant improvement" in the lives of affected Victorians.
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Around 70 per cent of Victorians have indicated that they support the ban's imposition and, claims Todd Harper (chief executive officer of Cancer Council Victoria), since 86 per cent of Victorians don't actually smoke, it makes "good business sense" for restaurant and bar owners to support it, too.