Landmark passive smoking win
ANTI-SMOKING campaigners welcomed todayâ€™s a landmark court decision in which a jury ruled a woman had contracted throat cancer after enduring years of passive smoke while working as barmaid in a club.
The NSW Supreme Court decision was ten years overdue and proved people could successfully sue employers for passive smoking, said Brian McBride, President of the Non-smokersâ€™ Movement of Australia.
â€œIt means for the first time passive smoking is clearly winnable as a case against employers for subjecting people to passive smoking,â€ he said.
â€œIt should lead to many more cases particularly in the hospitality industry amongst hotels and clubs.â€
The outcome would speed up steps to ban smoking from all workplaces he said.
â€œFrom September this year all dining areas in hotels and clubs have to be positively segregated and totally non-smoking, that was leaving the bar areas somewhat in doubt, but I think this verdict will speed up the process of extending the bans into the bar areas,â€ said Mr McBride.
The decision should also encourage the State Government to strengthen legislation.
â€œThey could tighten the legislation thatâ€™s going to apply in September to just make it beyond any doubt,â€ Mr McBride said.