Review of the Tobacco Products Control Act 2006
A review of the operation and effectiveness of this Act has been completed.
The Department of Health developed a discussion paper in April 2011 as a basis for consultation with key stakeholders and the community. The call for submissions in response to the discussion paper closed on Friday, 10 June 2011.
The Final Report on the Review of the WA Tobacco Products Control Act 2006 was tabled before each House of Parliament on 27 September 2012.
Tobacco Control Legislation in WA
Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act 2009
The Tobacco Products Control Amendment Act 2009 (PDF 39KB) (the Amendment Act) was assented to on 22 September 2009, with all new restrictions commencing on 22 September 2010.
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Tobacco Products Control Act 2006
The Tobacco Products Control Act 2006 [PDF] contains provisions about:
- Sale and supply of tobacco products (including vending machines)
- Tobacco advertising and promotion
- Licensing of sellers of tobacco products
- Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Healthway)
- Smoking in enclosed public places
The Tobacco Products Control Regulations 2006 [external site] were developed in consultation with industry and include provisions about tobacco displays, warning signs (including health warning signs [PDF / 82KB]) and other matters.
The Tobacco Problem
Tobacco accounts for over 19,000 avoidable deaths in Australia each year. In Western Australia between 1983 and 2001, tobacco was responsible for a total of 29,044 deaths, an average of over 1,500 per year.
Research shows that half of all smokers will die before their time, and half of these will die in middle age. Diseases caused by tobacco smoking account for around one-third of the leading causes of death in Australia. Smoking has been identified as a major cause of heart disease, stroke, and several different forms of cancer, emphysema, impotence, infertility and unhealthy birth-weight and a wide variety of other health problems.