Cyrenian House aims to provide a smoke free environment for consumers, visitors and staff because of the acknowledged health hazards of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), and to comply with the legal obligations in accordance with WA State Government Policy and the Occupational Safety and Health Act and Regulations.
There is now overwhelming evidence that exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is harmful to health. There is no safe level of exposure to ETS. Long-term exposure to ETS can have serious adverse health effects including heart disease and lung cancer. Breathing ETS can increase the risk of heart attack, particularly for those with existing heart disease or asthma, and even brief exposure to ETS can trigger symptoms such as irritation of the eyes and nose, headaches, sore throat and cough.
In Western Australia, the Tobacco Products Control Act 2006 and associated regulations legislate against smoking in enclosed public places, and the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 prohibit employers, employees and self-employed persons smoking in enclosed workplaces. Section 19 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 requires an employer, so far as practicable, to provide and maintain a working environment in which the employees are not exposed to hazards.
Cyrenian House aims:
- To protect all individuals on Cyrenian House premises from exposure to ETS; and
- To consider the health and wellbeing of all staff and consumers of Cyrenian House by supporting smoking prevention and cessation.
Please visit http://www.quitnow.gov.au/ for additional information regarding:
smoking and your health
strategies to quit smoking