CLUB BARMAN SACKED FOR DEMANDING SMOKE-FREE WORKPLACE
The strong opposition to the health lobby's "Smoke-free In 03" campaign
was demonstrated when Moama Bowling Club in southern NSW sacked their
barman, Steven Kane, for wearing a respirator while working behind the
bar. Steven is a man of principle and after futile approaches to club
management not to re-introduce smoking into his workplace he finally took
unilateral action to protect his health. He considered that he had a duty
to his wife and 3 children to avoid inhaling toxic cigarette smoke which
could reduce his ability to support them and ultimately it could kill him
as it has done to many others. The respirator was uncomfortable and made
communication difficult but it was clearly the only logical action open
to him to protect his health if he continued to work in that smokey
environment. He had been in the job for 14 years and
did not see why he should be forced out of it to protect his health when
every other worker in the state is guaranteed a safe smoke-free
Steve Kane ready for work behind the Bar
Eighteen Months of Clean Air
Moama Bowling Club did the right thing by its staff and went smoke-free
18 months ago. However due to a fall in gambling profits they
re-introduced smoking in January 2003. Steven gave up smoking 13 years
ago and felt that his health improved during the club's smoke-free
period. Naturally he was disappointed at its re-introduction and decided
to take action to protect himself.
Wide TV Exposure
The Channel Seven Today Tonight program aired the dispute between Steven
and the Club Manager, Mr Phillip Johnson, on 16 March 2003. Mr Johnson
said the club complied with "all the regulations" and that they were only
required to restrict smoking within two metres of the Bar. This
smoke-free zone is defined by a red line on the carpet that everyone
knows will stop the smoke! Steven made the very good point that if
politicians could completely ban smoking in their workplace he saw no
reason why they should not ban it completely in his workplace. Why should
hospitality workers be treated as if occupational health laws don't
apply to them?
The manager said they had to sack Steven because smokers were "insulted"
by him wearing a mask while he was serving them. This is the state of
farce that has now developed in the hospitality industry. The Union led
by the logical Tim Ferrari argue that the workers' rights to a healthy
workplace are paramount and can't be traded off just to suit the
sensitivities of smokers. The Club and Hotel industry led by the profit
driven John Thorpe, who owns a Sydney Hotel, try to deflect the argument
into that disaster scenario where the clubs and hotels go bankrupt and
everyone loses their jobs because they depend absolutely on smokers'
Same Old Furphy
This is the same old furphy they always trot out. Remember when they
said in the 1970's that TV and radio stations would go broke if they
couldn't advertise cigarettes. Remember when they said the sport of
cricket would collapse if the Rothman's Sports Foundation was stopped
from cultivating and sponsoring our schoolboy cricketers? Remember when
Johnny Quayle and his mates said Rugby league could not survive without
the largesse handed out by the great Winfield cigarettes sponsor, who was
advertising through TV coverage anyway. They were just showing what good
corporate citizens they were. It makes us furious to see that in the year
2003 our politicians are influenced by this rubbish and are so cowardly
that they will not act to protect the health of these hospitality
Anne Jones of Action on Smoking & Health (ASH) went on the program to
warn that with every day that the industry delays the inevitable banning
of smoking in these venues these proprietors are increasing their legal
liability to pay big damages to future litigants. The John Thorpes of
this world are prepared to tough it out with delaying tactics because
they can see how the cigarette companies have used delay and deception to
time-shift their disasters into future years. The chickens are coming
home to roost with some recent litigation in the USA but when you look at
the countless thousands of victims who have died without receiving one
cent of compensation, it has to be said that the tobacco industry led by
such shrewd minds as The Hon. Nicholas Greiner A. C., are out-smarting
our sluggish pollies by a mile.
Two Metre Magic Line
Twenty five years ago we were fighting the stupidity
of authorities who said that one end of a bus can be smoking and the
other end will be smoke-free. They also said one row of seats in an
aircraft can be smoking while the one behind it will be smoke-free. These
proponents of the magic line system are the same idiots who now say you
can draw a red line on the carpet two metres from a bar or counter and
the smoke will not cross it! Of course the tobacco industry is behind
these people prodding them to make such absurd proposals as the necessary
strategy to maintain their gambling and drinking profits. To hell with
the health of the workers making the money for them!
Magic red line on carpet stops smoke 2 metres from the Bar
Industrial Relations Commission Action
Steven contacted NSMA and we assured him that he was doing a great
service for many other hospitality workers and he was to be congratulated
on his stand. We offered help and encouragement to keep up the fight.
However his LHMW Union has strongly supported him in taking the issue
before the Industrial Relations Commission as the first step. They are
demanding re-instatement or they will proceed with an action for wrongful
dismissal. The case was heard on the 9 May 2003 but at the time of going
to press the result has not been disclosed.
Reviews of State Legislation
Reviews of smoke-free public places legislation are underway in most
jurisdictions including South Australia, ACT, Tasmania and Western
Australia. The SA report is the first to propose a sunset date for all
pubs and clubs to be smoke-free, by no later than March 2005.
Queensland's review is due October 2003 and Northern Territory in January
2004. Currently NSW has ended up with partial bans only, including a
non-smoking buffer zone around counters to be in place by July 2003 and
the provision of a smoke-free area of equal amenity if one or more bars
exist by July 2004. However NSW should be reviewed again by December
Other Action Against Hotels And Clubs
Husskinson RSL Suspends Non Smoker
One of our Lawyer members has challenged this club's action in suspending
a member who complained about the smoking problem in their poker machine
area. He has written to them as follows:
"As you are probably aware passive smoking is responsible directly for
the deaths of many people around the world each year. It is a known
health risk and one that you are subjecting your staff and members to on
a daily basis.
Section 8 (1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000
prohibits the management of any organisation subjecting an employee to a
known health risk and section 8(2) covers members such as Mr A, and other
visitors, who also must not be exposed to risks to their health or safety
when visiting the company's, or in your case, the club's premises."
The club have simply replied that they are complying with all current
regulations in the same glib way that Moama Club are pretending that the
2 metre smoke-free zone and some voluntary restrictions are the
applicable law. In fact these are only concessions negotiated with the
NSW Governments' Taskforce, which strangely left out representatives of
responsible anti-smoking groups. Such negotiated agreements are not the
applicable law. The occupational health law is clearly being breached by
such a soft "voluntary agreement" but both the clubs and the Government
choose to ignore it as long as possible.
Prosecution Urgently Needed
This organisation is determined to force a prosecution to test the
occupational health laws and show that the voluntary agreement approach
is no longer tenable. Our hard working committee member, Margaret Hogge,
started this process with a week of action beginning on St Patrick's Day,
17 March 2003. Firstly she wrote to all the "Irish" Hotels in Sydney
asking them to implement smoking restrictions on St Patrick's Day in
sympathy with the good news that Ireland has now introduced wider
restrictions on public smoking. We followed this up with protest banners
displayed outside NSW Parliament House for the next three days, 18, 19,
20 March demanding "smoke-free in 03"
The big message to politicians displayed outside NSW Parliament House for
Finally on Friday 21 March we conducted a non-drinking "pub crawl"
around some Sydney Hotels. We stopped outside each one for ten minutes or
so displaying the banners and enlisting support from patrons for more
smoke-free accommodation in hotels. The response was disappointing and it
is clear that more determined action is needed. One of our members has
now taken advice as a first step to prosecuting a Sydney hotel over a
recent episode of enforced exposure to passive smoking damage. We will
keep you posted.
Caringbah RSL Over-Extended
There has been a lot of publicity about this club "having to"
re-introduce smoking to its poker machine areas because it is trading
unprofitably since it borrowed $3 million and built a new club which
started out totally smoke-free. Hence clean air for ordinary
people is traded off against the drug taking habits of addicted gamblers.
Other analysis has suggested that the real reason for losses is that the
club over-extended itself with debt. Members should vote out the bad
managers rather than sacrifice the hard won clean air facilities.
This issue begs the question as to the proper role of clubs in modern
society. Are they simply mini casinos primarily catering to the needs of
addicted gamblers and smokers, or are they respected social institutions
meeting the recreational needs of ordinary non-smoking members of the
community? Non-Smokers should vote with their feet and resign in protest
from any club which re-introduces smoking to areas where bans have been
in force. We will see if we can stimulate some of these "resignations" in
protest over the coming months.
Level Playing Field Needed
The real problem is that the Government will not act decisively to bring
in total bans to gambling areas and thus create a level playing field for
all hotels and clubs competing to make a profit out of smoking gamblers.
Without a level playing field, gamblers can choose to go to venues that
still permit smoking; and some managers are putting concerns over
poker machine profits ahead of the rights of all staff to work in a
smoke-free workplace. It should be noted that there is clear evidence
that smoking bans in gambling venues will not only improve health
outcomes for staff and patrons generally, but also specifically for
gamblers by reducing the time they spend gambling. It should be a win-win
decision for government but they are still succumbing to political
pressure from Nick Greiner and his mates in the big end of town. What
other explanation is there?
South Australia May Ban Smoking At Pokies
The South Australian State Government Taskforce is the first one to come
up with a proposed total ban on smoking in all hospitality venues (all
pubs, clubs & casinos) commencing from 1 March 2005. The Taskforce
invites submissions on the proposal, preferably before 30 may 2003 and of
course NSMA will make a strong submission. Individuals can make a
submission to their website below and we urge all members to put in even
a few words endorsing and expediting the proposal. Obviously there will
be the usual strong opposition from the Australian Hotels Association and
other vested interests but it is encouraging to
see a government-sponsored body come up with a really strong proposal.
One of their other strong recommendations is that smoking in alfresco
(outside) dining areas be restricted to no more than 50% of the available
space instead of the 100% at present. With strong MP's like Nick Xenophon
inside Parliament and active health campaigners like Dr Andrew Ellerman
and his team working outside; this initiative might produce the first
breakthrough that can then flow on to other states.
New Smoke-free Pub In Sydney
To finish the Pubs & Clubs segment on a happier note we are pleased to
report that Anne Jones of ASH advises anyone looking for a smoke-free
drink or coffee in Sydney to go to the famous Tilbury Hotel in
Woolloomooloo (Nicholson Street). It has been refurbished and is now very
classy and very smoke-free with tables outside for smokers. Please pass
the word around, as it is only five minutes away from the city. When such
a well-known hotel takes the initiative to go smoke-free we should
advertise the fact. If you go there, make sure you congratulate them on
their leadership, as they deserve good feedback.
BAT Deceives Uni Students
A final year law student at the University of
NSW was disgusted to see the website
propaganda dished out to entice graduates to take jobs with British
American Tobacco (BAT) this year. BAT set up a stall at the Universities
Careers Day on 8 April 2003 where they made a strong pitch to recruit
unsuspecting graduates. No heavy overkill with BAT emblazoned everywhere,
rather a nameless display of children's creative talents to draw the
students in. Their theme was " WE CHALLENGE YOU TO CREATE A MASTERPIECE".
This was the title of their 10 page handout booklet featuring 10 smiling
faces of attractive young people presented as "employees" saying great
things about their company. Stephen, the typical operations graduate,
says "I have responsibility and accountability from day one". Belinda,
the typical marketing graduate, says "you drive your own development"
Our Members warn University Graduates about British American Tobacco
NSMA Sets The Record Straight
The group of volunteer members of NSMA shown in the photo set up an
opposing presence outside the entrance to the careers hall where we were
able to hand out leaflets to as many new graduates as possible. Our
leaflets were a direct spoof on the wording of the leaflets which BAT
issued to students.
We challenge you to create our new world full of ill health, misery and
death. Here is a chance for you to join our team at British American
Tobacco - a clear leader in the competitive and dynamic business of
killing people of all nationalities. We are multinational, multi-cultural
and multi-disciplined; we are a world-class group of tobacco companies
that creates an inspiring learning culture of lies and deception. This
enables the business and its people to grow and drive profits higher.
British American Tobacco employs only 1300 people in Australia and yet
this team is a market leader in its contribution to the 19,000
Australians killed each year from smoking our products. On the world
scene we employ 90,000 people in over 50 countries so our contribution
there is really fantastic.
(There was more but that will suffice here)
It was also appropriate to tell law students about the indecent current
action by BAT Australia to pursue the children of the recently deceased
Rolah McCabe in order to make them pay BAT's legal costs for that
unfortunate case which was lost on appeal (See Update 42).
Other University activists protested against the ethics of some big
businesses (Forestry & Banks) with a banner draped from the
roof of the building saying "Leave
your consciences at the door". This would certainly apply to any graduate
considering taking a job with a tobacco company.
BAT Donates To Pollies
BAT buys friends in high places and has no scruples about manipulating
university students. It is disgraceful that the major political parties
still accept donations from tobacco companies, despite banning their
sponsorship of other events. The Australian Electoral Commission has
revealed that the major political parties in NSW alone received more than
$120,000 in sponsorship from British American Tobacco and Philip Morris.
More than $100,000 of that was donated to the State Coalition, with just
under $20,000 given to the ALP. It is hypocritical for politicians to ban
tobacco advertising and sponsorship while accepting money from those same
companies. At least the Democrats have shown some principle by refusing
to accept such donations.
BAT Funds Litter Program
BAT also try to influence the shallow thinkers by funding a clean up the
cigarette butts campaign. It is typical of how they try to snow the
community into thinking they play a legitimate role in society.
BAT Issues "Inaugural Social Report"
The Hon. Nick Greiner A.C. has just issued
a 148 page report with the above title extolling the virtues of British
American Tobacco (BAT). His covering letter states,
"As a manufacturer of a product which poses real and serious health
risks we remain the subject of intense focus and criticism. For this
reason alone, we believe that it is important that we find ways to better
align ourselves with the ever changing social demands. Some, of course,
will contend that a tobacco company being socially responsible is a
contradiction in terms. We would suggest, however, that because of the
controversy around our business there is a compelling reason for us to
operate in a transparent matter, embracing the social reporting
What he is trying to say is, "although I get paid to do a job which
kills 19,000 Australians every year I want society to accept that it is
not really my fault. You should consider me and my company to be socially
responsible." When you see what they did to the McCabe family it is
enough to make you throw up!
Smoking Neighbours - Test case difficulties
Earlier Updates reported on the Hollis, Forest and Fraser cases. We now
have more than twenty examples of this problem
where peoples' homes are invaded by
their neighbours' smoke pollution. It is a disgusting abrogation of
non-smokers' rights and we are determined to run a test case on the
subject. We have expended considerable money this year getting
professional advice on ways the tenancy and Strata Title laws can be
applied successfully to the problem. It is not easy going and we are
disappointed to report that one case we were supporting, and which was
scheduled to go to a Tenancy Tribunal Hearing in June 2003, will not
proceed because our professional advice is that we are unlikely to win
because of specific defects in this case. We have decided to wait for the
"right" case and we will certainly go all out to win it. Meanwhile we
will concentrate on lobbying all the members of the "new" NSW Parliament
to pursue amendments to the law to make such pioneering legal test cases
NSMA At 2nd National Tobacco Conference
As reported in the last Update our Committee Member Margaret Hogge
attended this conference in Melbourne from 9 to 11 April 2003. We express
our thanks to Margaret who attended on our behalf but mostly at her own
expense. She has filed this report.
The Conference was organised by VicHealth and attracted about
370 delegates from Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Malaysia, New
Caledonia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tonga, UK and USA, mostly from
health and research groups. NSMA was the only privately funded volunteer
organisation represented. The VicHealth Centre for Tobacco Control
published and presented a major document, compiled by its Co-Director,
Michelle Scollo, for consideration by Australian governments and
political parties "Tobacco Control A Blue chip Investment in Public
Health". This booklet presents detailed arguments for tobacco control,
with strong supporting research.
Example(s 3.5) What are the best bets for reducing tobacco use? There are
three which are virtually cost-free for government: cigarette price
increases, workplace smoking restrictions, and advertising bans. All
three are straightforward to apply across the whole population and are
highly effective in reducing population smoking."
Margaret Hogge, representing NSMA , addressed a group of about 100
delegates at the session titled Smoke-free Advocacy. She presented our
current work in "Continuing the Clean Air Revolution," outlining our
history and our current campaigns in the three main areas
1. Prevention of Smoke invasion from Neighbours. 2. Smoke-free Pubs and
Clubs. 3. Smoke-free Waiting Areas for Public Transport
This received enthusiastic support from all delegates except maybe the
two lawyers from the tobacco industry who were present. The conference
was of great value to the Non-Smokers' Movement. It gave a further
opportunity to link up with representatives from all areas of tobacco
control and to publicise our Movement with them. Every session gave an
opportunity to ask questions and to give information and spread our name.
Margaret attended all available sessions, including those given by some
of our partners in the Smoke-free Pubs and Clubs '03 Coalition, including
Anne Jones and Stafford Sanders (ASH Aust.). The conference dinner on the
evening of 10th April was hosted by Tobacco Control "guru" Steve Woodward
and was addressed by lawyer Peter Gordon, from Slater & Gordon who
represented the McCabe family in that significant case.
Margaret Hogge presented a talk about NSMA campaigns to National Tobacco
Di Rayson, Senior Policy Officer, NT Health & Community services gave
some valuable advice about effective campaigning. They have won dramatic
tobacco control measures recently in Northern Territory by following
the right strategies. She suggests that, when meeting with
decision-makers, we should be ready to make a clear case, keep it brief,
have definite target actions in mind, make research accessible and
simple, with links to more information if needed.
Margaret was impressed by the hard work of all the participants. However
she observed that it is disturbing and frustrating to realise that, with
so much information available to our governments and the community about
the dangers of tobacco, it should not be necessary to spend so much time
and money on such a conference in the year 2003.
Outdoor Smoking Bans
Push For NSW Councils To Act
NSMA has been battling with several councils in the western suburbs to
ban smoking around their sporting complexes particularly around tennis
courts and such concentrated small-scale venues. We have also continued
to write to Sydney City Council regarding the need to ban street smoking
on busy congested city footpaths. Our Secretary, Denny Mountford has
welcomed the new ladies team at city hall (Mayor & Deputy Mayor) and
asked them to take some new initiatives on smoke pollution in our
streets. They are, no doubt, the first steps in the journey of a thousand
miles. However it is great to see some encouraging moves on outdoor bans
in other states.
Tasmania Goes For Outdoor Bans
The Cancer Council of Tasmania wants all councils to ban smoking at
outdoor sports venues. It follows the decision to make viewing areas at
York Park smoke free. York Park in Tasmania is the only ground where AFL
is played and where smoking has been allowed in the stadium. As of April
6, 2003 York Park will go smoke-free. Robin Kendrick said it was not a
difficult decision to make York Park smoke-free. She said people will be
able to go outside to have a cigarette but they will not be able to smoke
standing or sitting while they are actually viewing the game inside the
Qld Govt Bans Some Outdoor Smoking.
The Qld Govt has announced it is extending its whole of Govt 1989 policy
on smoke-free State Govt buildings and vehicles to cover entrances,
exits, balconies and basements of state govt buildings. This announcement
comes after ongoing joint lobbying from Non Government Organisations
(NGO's) led by Paul Turner of the Queensland Cancer Fund. Premier Beattie
said; "I want to make sure we are doing everything we can to
send a message that smoking is
not just anti-social and severely damaging to health but is a killer".
Lets hope that all other states take similar action on the disgraceful
pollution surrounding the entrances and exits to most city buildings
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) Smoke-free
The Victorian State Government will stop any moves to relax smoking bans
at the MCG. The Melbourne Cricket Club is considering allowing smokers to
light up in parts of the Northern Stand. The government says it is
prepared to legislate to keep the ground smoke free, and Vic Health has
threatened to sue the MCC if it goes ahead because they are a paying for
anti-smoking signage at the grounds under binding contracts.
Designated Outdoor Areas
NSMA continues to raise discussion of the ultimate outdoor smoking
objective. That is, smoking should only be permitted in designated
outdoor areas. This is a principle adopted at major events such as the
Olympic Games and it should become the norm everywhere. Going for a smoke
should be like going to the toilet; you remove yourself from the company
of others and go to a designated pollution area where everyone else knows
to keep clear to protect their own health. It is
good to hear the designated outdoor
areas proposal being put forward on talkback radio in Sydney.
NGO Tobacco Coalition Meeting
An important meeting of Non Government anti-smoking organisations (NGO's)
was convened by the NSW Cancer council on 11 March 2003. Brian McBride
Margaret Hogge attended on behalf of NSMA and we expressed our
wholehearted support for a more co-operative approach on common issues.
More progress should be made if we support each other even though we all
may have different primary goals relating to our specific
Some of the Coalition Group at first meeting
Back: Stafford Sanders, Greg Soulos, Margaret Tanner, Margaret Duckett,
Dianne Russell, Brian McBride
Jeannie McKenzie, Anne Jones,Margaret Hogge, Andrew Penman.
Other organisations included the Cancer Council of NSW, ASH Australia,
Foundation, Asthma NSW, and Diabetes Australia.
There was much discussion about the need for NSW Government to allocate
more funding to urgently needed programs in line with announcements of
general increases during the recent election campaign.
A wide range of program objectives was reviewed and NSMA undertook from
our limited resources to contribute in the following areas:
Eliminate smoking in pubs and clubs.
Pursue other smoke free environments, Flats, Villas & Units.
Enforcement of existing bans, railways & transport.
Smoking bans in outdoor areas.
Amendments to the NSW Smoke Free Environment Act
2000 are due six months after the next phase of voluntary restrictions in
clubs & pubs is due in July 2003. The focus from then on must be on
advocating more legislative changes and strengthening enforcement
We must continue to expose the contradictions and non-compliance with the
NSW Occupational Health Act 2000 as distinct from the Smoke Free
Environment Act 2000.
All agreed we must communicate more regularly and reinforce each other's
activities with coordinated press releases. There is great scope for
better communication and multiplying efforts through our respective
memberships via newsletters, emails etc.
World No Tobacco Day 31 May 2003
NSMA will again push the pubs & clubs issue with a tour of Sydney city
hotels on this day. We will try to get staff to stand up and be counted
like Steven Kane did regarding his workplace. We will urge them not to be
complacent any longer. The threat to them and their families is very real
and they are negligent if they won't act now. If we can succeed in
getting a few more Steven Kane cases running the Government must surely
cave in and act decisively on this issue.
Cigarette Litter Still a Big Problem
In spite of many agencies now
pointing out the problem of cigarette litter a lot remains to be done as
shown by the following items.
Beach Cleaning In Qld
Maroochy shire beaches are now cleaner and safer with the new cleaning
machine worth $100,000; it even picks up cigarette butts and syringes.
Disposal Compartments For Cigs
In beautiful Byron Bay in northern NSW Bill Snow is distributing old film
canisters at local cafes to put cigarette butts in. This will help to
keep the beaches cleaner. We still need to lobby for the government to
force tobacco companies to provide a disposal compartment as part of the
packet. This will make them pick up some of the cost of disposal.
Geelong Provides Bins
Smokers can pick up free ashtrays from Geelong City Council (Victoria)
and they will be fined $200 if caught butting out anywhere but in bin. If
they are taken to court the maximum fine is $4000 so perhaps they will
start to take the problem seriously.
ANOTHER SALVO ON RAILWAYS
NSMA have been battling the smoking problem on railways for the last
twenty five years, as regular readers will know. However, when the new
Transport Minister in NSW said "tell me what the problems are I want to
fix them", our battle scarred veteran
committee member, Andrew Dickinson, took up the fight again with one more
letter. Here is part of Andrew's letter that he also linked to a
previously detailed submission to the NSW Ombudsman Office as a complaint
about State & City Rail staff not enforcing existing regulations.
(To The Minister for Transport Services)
Dear Mr Costa
Smoking at train stations is an issue that needs much more attention.
Every day, thousands of commuters and hundreds of staff smoke in clear
violation of the non-smoking regulations in and around Sydney train
stations. Despite overwhelming public support for these smoking bans,
Cityrail takes almost no action to stop these miscreants. The advent of
Transit Guards, beginning last October 2002, was a step in the right
direction. It is good to finally see commuters who choose to smoke in
prohibited areas being fined. But the numbers tell the sad story. There
are a few hundred Transit Guards who are spread out to cover more than
200 stations in Sydney. The best they can do is cover a few stations for
a half hour or so, and not even every day. The addition of a few hundred
police and another few hundred Revenue Protection
Officers (who steadfastly refuse to
enforce the non-smoking regulations) do little to improve the
So, we have a situation where a few stations have a body of men and women
who can and do enforce, for a half hour or so, perhaps for a couple of
days each week. What about the rest of the day, when the Guards are not
around ? Who can we, the long-suffering commuting public, turn to ? The
people who are always there are the Cityrail front line staff. These
people need to become involved in solving this ongoing issue which,
despite Cityrail's best efforts at ignorance, simply will not go away.
There are far more frontline staff than there are Transit Guards. The
vast majority of them show no inclination at all to stop people from
smoking in prohibited areas. Yes, there are well-known reasons for this
situation. But it is up to you, Minister, to confront and solve this
impasse, and not simply use it as an excuse to do nothing, which is
exactly what Cityrail Management has been doing for years.
Andrew Dickinson , Committee Member
Committee member Andrew Dickinson keeps pressure on new Transport
Minister Michael Costa.
Andrew's previous 50 page submission to the NSW Ombudsman can be seen
CityRail and the Stations of Shame - http://www.nsma.org.au/cityrail.htm
Apology To Mayfair Food Court
Update No. 29 in September 1999
carried an article about the unsatisfactory smoke pollution and the lack
of attention to the problem by the owners of this food court in
Parramatta. The reference to the "Indian Owners" is claimed to be
incorrect and we have been asked to retract it. We do so and apologise
for this error. (Ed: Update 29 has been changed.)
Historic FCTC Resolution
In Geneva, delegates to the World Health Organisation (WHO) have agreed
on the wording of the first-ever international anti-smoking treaty. After
long and often acrimonious negotiations, representatives of more than 170
countries finally agreed on the framework convention on tobacco control,
which will impose a range of restrictions including the advertising and
marketing of tobacco. The WHO is hailing the agreement as a
groundbreaking moment for public health.
Australian delegates have asked all the health lobby groups to lobby the
Australian Health Minister, Kay Patterson, to ensure we fully support it
and don't let some European interests side track the resolution. Some
indications are that Germany is trying to derail it.
NSMA have sent strong representations to both the Health Minister and the
Prime Minister pointing out that Australia will be
hypocritical if it supports this historic resolution while the PM's own
Liberal Party still accepts
tobacco company sponsorship for its annual conferences!
Leave a Bequest to NSMA in Your Will.
Please think about this to keep the good work going into the future
Democrats Push For Ban In Cars
Canberra residents are being asked to ban smoking in cars in which
children are passengers. Roslyn Dundas, Australian Democrats MLA is
calling for community comment. The Chief Minister says that it will
listen to community views on the matter.
In NSW the Democrats welcomed the government's Alcohol Summit to be held
later this year, but now challenge the government to consider the same
Summit approach for tobacco. Arthur Chesterfield Evans, Upper-House MP
said the government continues to sit on its hands over effective tobacco
WA Doctor Appeals To Smokers
One of Western Australia's leading cardio-thoracic surgeons will take his
appeal for smokers to quit directly to the streets of Perth. Mr Mark
Newman and his surgical team, who operate on lung cancer patients, will
appear on- Make Smoking History- billboards around Perth with the caption
"We get through 16 smokers a day, but we want
to cut down".
Cigarettes Are Out Of Fashion Week -But Smokers are On Magazine Covers
The Mercedes Fashion Week and the gala opening was held in May 2003 with
about 400 guests at the Sydney Opera House. Kit Willow discussed her
lingerie range and Alex Perry said he loves designing for glamorous,
beautiful women. However the real news was Director, Simon Lock, saying
he is working with the Department of Health to take smoking images out of
fashion. After all the previous disgusting displays of beautiful models
smoking cigars they have finally woken up to what the public will accept
as reasonable behaviour.
However the bad news is that we are seeing models smoking on the front
pages of Australian magazines: Oyster (April/May 03) and The Big Issue
(14-29 April 03). The Oyster fashion magazine shows a glamorous women
smoking with a packet of Camel in the ashtray; The Big Issue, which is a
very popular street magazine, features handsome Irish actor "Colin
Farrell He's smokin' ". ASH Australia has passed both of these complaints
on to the Commonwealth as breaches of the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition
Act (TAP) but will also use them in the case for tougher advertising
restrictions and penalties. Please let ASH know of
any other examples that you may notice.
France Finally Moves on Smoking Bans
French President, Jacques Chirac, declared "war on tobacco" in March 2003
while launching a nationwide campaign to battle cancer. In a nation where
clouds of cigarette smoke choke cafes and restaurants and smokers
routinely ignore "no smoking" signs, Chirac said he is concerned that
30,000 cancer deaths each year are caused by smoking.
In addition, the number of cancer cases has nearly doubled in France over
the past decade, Chirac said. "If no action is taken, tobacco could kill
twice as many people within 20 years. We must dissuade young people from
starting to smoke and convince adults to give up." Chirac's smoke-free
drive is the centrepiece of a campaign that will see the government spend
half a billion euros (US$532 million) over the next five years on
preventing, identifying and treating all types of cancer.
Chirac vowed to combat "efforts by tobacco companies to make products
that endanger lives appear more attractive" and strengthen anti-smoking
publicity campaigns. Chirac also said he wants to see a 1992 smoke-free
workplace law strictly enforced. The law
forbids smoking in all enclosed, covered
and collective public spaces, though smoking areas can be designated.
We Have to Move
Our Heritage Building Office
The heritage listed 1890's Trades Hall Building which has been home
to us for the last 18 years is about to be renovated and modernised. We
won't be able to afford the new increased rental so we have to find
We would appreciate any information on a low rental
office space within reasonable distance of Sydney Central if it comes to
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