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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : April 15th 2009
MB INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, April 16, 2009 13 NEWS Beating booze beast FACTS & FIGURES The most recent cost to Australian society of alcohol- related health harms, lost productivity and crime is estimated to be more than $15 billion More than 3400 Australians die each year because of their alcohol consumption Four Australians under 25 die due to alcohol-related injuries in an average week On average, one in four hospitalisations of people aged 15-24 happen because of alcohol On average, 70 Australians under 25 will be hospitalised due to alcohol-caused assault each week AUSTRALIA'S top auth- ority tackling drug abuse says Cumberland and Cour- ier Newspapers should be congratulated for confront- ing issues associated with teenage binge drinking. The Just Think campaign was launched late last year. Australian National Council on Drugs chairman Dr John Herron this week officially endorsed the cam- paign to reduce alcohol- related problems. ''Everybody is entitled to be able to enjoy the ameni- ties of their community without fear and intimi- dation because of alcohol- fuelled violence,'' Dr Herron said. ''And it is encouraging to see that the public is now demanding a change in the unhealthy and dangerous acceptance of a culture of intoxication that has devel- oped over the years.'' Dr Herron was a general surgeon for 30 years. He has been president of the Aust- ralian Medical Association, a political senator, presi- dent of the Liberal Party of Australia and Ambassador to Ireland and the Holy See. As ANCD chairman, he is charged with changing atti- tudes towards alcohol. Breath of fresh air for kids SMOKERS will soon face stiff on-the-spot fines of $250 for lighting up in a car in front of passengers under 16 years of age when new proposals are rolled out across the state. They are aimed at reducing the exposure of tobacco products to children, young people and those trying to quit. Smoking in cars where children are present would be banned and will be enforced by the NSW Police from July 1. ''We are committed to protecting children from the harmful effects of tobacco smoke and decreasing their exposure to tobacco products,'' minister assisting the Minister for Health (Cancer) Jodi McKay said. ''Exposure to second-hand smoke greatly increases the risk of childhood asthma and other health conditions.'' All tobacco products would have to be stored out of sight in shops and advertising and promotions of tobacco phased out. Retailers will have between six and 12 months to comply while businesses that generate 80 per cent from tobacco-related sales will have one year to register as a specialist tobacconist. They must reduce their display area to a minimum of 3sq m within 12 months. NEED AUSSIE FAMILIES An International Language School near Central is looking for families to welcome an International Student for a specified period of time. Do you have a spare room? Are you interested in cultural exchange? Do you live within 40 mins to Central by public transport? Families will provide meals and a weekly homestay fee is paid Please contact Matt on 9281 5211 firstname.lastname@example.org 2001301i iww wk41 www.thebestfurniture.com.au RE-COVER YOUR FAVOURITE Lounge Suites, Recliners, Sofas & Dining Chairs MOBILE SERVICE 1800 660 632 Free No Obligation Quote email@example.com WE COME TO YOU WITH FABRIC & LEATHER SAMPLES 2166547i hst wk29 Bailey & McBride
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