PAUL Milleraap

25-year legal smoking age all puff, no substance

THE Tasmanian Government's proposal to raise the legal smoking age to 25 is regarded by Civil Liberties Australia as more smoke than substance.

The state government has put forward the proposal as part of its goal to have the healthiest population in Australian by 2025. CLA chief Bill Rowlings told the ABC it was a surprising move.

"If you're going to look at what age people are entitled to do things, you've got to look at driving and at drinking alcohol and other measures," he said.

"If this is a health-based initiative, the big issue at the moment is domestic violence, and domestic violence is far more driven by alcohol-related problems than it is by tobacco."

A consultation draft is available for public comment until February.


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