Cancer Council call on City of Busselton to ban smoking on the foreshore

Cancer Council WA have called on the city to ban smoking on the foreshore.
Cancer Council WA have called on the city to ban smoking on the foreshore.

The Cancer Council have called on the City of Busselton council to ban smoking on the foreshore, following a similar outcome in Bunbury.

This month, the City of Bunbury council voted to apply a local law banning smoking of tobacco at Koombana Bay.

Cancer Council WA regional education officer for the South West Shenae Norris further commended Bunbury's commitment to protect non-smokers.

"The City of Bunbury is providing a great example of a local government leading the way to create healthier smoke-free environments for its community and we urge the City of Busselton to follow suit," she said.

A recent Cancer Council WA survey found 72 per cent of people in WA were in favour of more smoke-free public spaces and half of smokers trying to quit say that creating more smoke-free places will make it easier to stop smoking.

City of Busselon deputy mayor John McCallum said the council had not formally considered prohibiting smoking on the Busselton Foreshore or in any other public area in the City.

"If it did so, we would need to consider a range of factors, including public health benefits and the practicalities of implementing such controls," he said.

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