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Should smoke drift be causing a rift? Have your say

Queenslanders are being urged to have their say on second-hand smoke in multi-unit housing. To do this, Cancer Council Queensland are calling upon the community to participate in a survey regarding the danger of second-hand smoke in multi-unit housing. Smoking is currently the single most preventable cause of ill health and death in Australia. There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, which is a known cause of cancer. Cancer Council Queensland believes that smoke infiltration should be addressed and discussed like other common issues involving cooperation within shared living arrangements.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said the survey is a chance for Queenslanders to have their say on a topic that is having impacts on Queenslanders health each day. “The survey was designed to give Queenslanders a voice and engage them in a conversation about the health issues that affect all members of the community,” said Ms McMillan.

“Exposure to second-hand smoke increases your risk of experiencing both short and long-term health problems. “We are calling upon those in the Queensland community to have their say by completing our short survey to help us improve the health of our community.” Results from the survey will be used to develop targeted strategies to help all Queenslanders live healthier, happier and more empowered lives. Smoke-drift in multi-unit housing is a common complaint to body corporate management and Cancer Council Queensland. While smoking in enclosed common areas is banned, there are no other restrictions of smoking in multi-unit housing in Queensland. Smoking in a lot or apartment is a lawful activity, however this can become an issue when residents of multi-unit housing are exposed to smoke-drift from a neighbour. Queenslanders aged 18 and over are invited to get involved with the survey. To participate, please visit, cancerqld.org.au/be-involved/other-ways-to-be-involved/everyday-health-survey/.

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