02 Mar, 2014 Last updated: 16 Nov, 2014

VicHealth congratulates the State Government for banning smoking on raised platforms at tram stops and uncovered train platforms as of March 1. This is great news for the health of all Victorians.

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VicHealth congratulates the State Government for banning smoking on raised platforms at tram stops and uncovered train platforms as of March 1. This is great news for the health of all Victorians.

In Greater Melbourne alone, an estimated 235,000 people catch the train or tram to work every day – a figure that is growing steadily.

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter commends the Victorian Government in its efforts to continue to decrease the smoking rate.

"As part of the VicHealth Action Agenda for Heath Promotion, our 10-year goal is to have more Victorians tobacco-free," Ms Rechter said.

"It’s encouraging to see that the State Government is extending smoking bans to protect commuters from second hand smoke, with the added benefit of making smoking less visible to impressionable young people, who tend to congregate at tram and train stations on the commute to school."

"These new smoke-free measures mean more Victorians will be free from the dangers of second hand smoke on their daily journey to work. They also have the added bonus of supporting smokers to quit and stay smoke-free permanently."

Since the Tobacco Act was introduced to Victoria in 1987, smoking rates across the state have dropped from 34 per cent to 13.5 per cent in 2012, however, around 680,000 Victorians continue to smoke. Every year, smoking causes around 4000 preventable deaths in Victoria.

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