By Kaitlyn SorensenThe world’s second-largest tobacco producer is now banning smoking in all public places, a move that is set to have a dramatic impact on Australia’s tobacco market.
Tobacco is already an essential part of Australia’s daily life and is expected to remain so until at least 2025, when the country will have become the first country in the world to ban tobacco in public places.
However, a growing number of people are turning to other forms of tobacco-related product, such as pipes, snuff, cigars and other smokeless tobacco, to try and cut down on the risks of the harmful chemicals used in the tobacco industry.
Tyson Foods’ move comes amid growing concern about the tobacco-caused effects of air pollution and global warming.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the Australian-based company said it would now only allow smoking in workplaces, bars and clubs, as well as in bars and restaurants, and in some retail outlets, as part of its strategy to “re-establish the value proposition of Australian tobacco”.
Tobaccos are also banned in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory, while some state governments have made smoking illegal in public, with New South Wales having banned it for four years.
Toby’s Australia managing director John Ritchie said in a statement that the company “continues to be deeply committed to ensuring the sustainability of the industry”.
“We will continue to invest in our existing tobacco business, and continue to support industry and its key stakeholders,” he said.
Toluco is a brand name of tobacco and is derived from the Portuguese word for ‘wood’ which translates as ‘tongue’.
A spokesman for the Australian Taxation Office said the new rules were intended to “improve the effectiveness of tobacco control measures, which are currently used to tackle tobacco-specific harms”.
“They are expected to result in substantial savings to the Australian economy,” he told AAP.
“They also include a number of other measures that are expected of Australian businesses and will have an impact on their ability to invest, grow and hire.”
In May, Australia’s Senate inquiry into tobacco called for Australia to move to a “world-wide tobacco-free” standard.
The Federal Government has also said it is seeking a report from the World Health Organisation on how to “defend against the growing harms associated with tobacco use and dependence”.
It has also committed $15 million to help Australian businesses “develop a plan for tobacco-control measures that can have a meaningful impact on tobacco consumption”.
Topics:environment,health,health-policy,public-health,tobacco,environmental-health-and-finance,smoking,australiaFirst posted January 21, 2021 07:00:03Contact Katie O’Connor