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Tougher Tobacco Sellers laws

Despite being highly addictive and responsible for over 1500 deaths per year in WA, tobacco is one of the most readily available consumer products, with very few restrictions on who can sell it and where.

A reduction in the availability of tobacco will help reduce the number of West Australians taking up smoking, and help current smokers quit for good without frequent temptation to relapse.

The Department of Health administers the Tobacco Sellers Licensing scheme which currently requires sellers to simply pay a low annual licensing fee of just $255. There are currently around 3800 licensed tobacco sellers in WA.

We call on the next state government to set a target to cap and then reduce the number of WA tobacco licence holders over the next 4 years, and increase the annual tobacco sellers licence fee.

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