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Inquiry eyes tobacco-free generation

Tasmania’s top public health expert will give evidence to a parliamentary inquiry investigating the feasibility of laws that will create a tobacco-free generation.

Dr Mark Veitch is the state’s acting director of public health and on Monday he will address a hearing in Hobart.

The inquiry comes on the back of a proposal put to the Tasmanian parliament that the sale of tobacco products should be outlawed to anyone born in or after 2000, starting when they reach adulthood in 2018.

The idea has attracted international backing from anti-smoking groups, some of which believe the adoption of legislation in Tasmania could set a precedent for similar strategies elsewhere.

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