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ANF welcomes “sensible” decision on tobacco laws

Wednesday 15th August, 2012

The Australian Nursing Federation (ANF) has welcomed the High Court’s decision to overturn a challenge to the Federal Government’s plain packaging for tobacco laws.

The decision means that from December, all cigarette and tobacco products will be sold in plain packaging, with a graphic health warning on the pack.

ANF Federal Secretary, Lee Thomas, described the decision as “a great victory for the health of the Australian public”.

Big tick to High Court from nurses, midwives and assistants who see smoking tragedies

“We welcome the very sensible decision handed down by the High Court today given that smoking still continues to be the largest single cause of death in Australia,” she said.

“It’s nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing who see the tragic results of smoking-related diseases every day across the Australian health and aged care system.

“The fact is that every year, around 15,000 Australians die from smoking-related illnesses – that’s 40 preventable deaths each day.

Congratulations to the Federal Government for winning against Big Tobacco

“Smoking and related diseases cause a massive burden on the Australian health system, with hospital costs mounting to hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

“That’s why the ANF congratulates the Federal Government on its win over the big tobacco companies today.

“We will continue to support initiatives which aim to reduce the incidence of smoking across the community to save lives and improve the overall health of thousands of Australians every year.”

The ANF, with over 220,000 members, is the professional and industrial voice for nurses, midwives and assistants in nursing in Australia.

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