In Australia, how long will it take before tobacco and e-cigarettes are banned from public places?

To lower the smoking rates and improve people's health.

Vaping, smoking bans in South Australia. Image: AP: Craig Mitchelldyer.All rights reserved.

Topic and angle

The ABC news published an article on April 13, 2023, about the government’s proposed ban on smoking and electronic cigarettes in public places.

It is essential to consider the physical dangers associated with tobacco and e-cigarettes and, most importantly, not allow the public to breathe excessive secondhand smoke. According to data, the use of e-cigarettes among 15-29-year-olds has increased from 1.1% in 2017 to 7.8% in 2022.

Therefore, South Australian officials have called for a reduction in tobacco use, and smokers will be rewarded if they quit. In addition, tobacco is not to be provided to children under the age of 18. In response to this proposal, the government will fine adults for selling cigarettes and e-cigarettes to young people. Hence, more actions and measures will be taken to enforce public smoking bans.

South Australia’s government plans to drop the smoking proportion from 9.8 percent in 2021 to 6 percent in 2027 as part of a five-year strategy. South Australia citizen has a high prevalence of minor health problems, illnesses, and deaths caused by smoking. Through interviews and data collection, as a result, it is even more important to consider the health risks of tobacco and e-cigarettes for the public, especially for children and adolescents.


  • Timeliness: A public issue was reported on April 13, 2023.
  • Proximity: This happened in South Australia.
  • Impact: Issues affecting public health in South Australia, including health issues.
  • Currency: Banning tobacco use and e-cigarettes in public places is necessary.
  • Human interest: In addition to people who do not like smoking, there will be those who want to know whether tobacco and e-cigarettes are addictive to young people and their health risks. It is essential to consider whether pollution is present in a certain amount and how it will affect the environment.


It decided to use news commentary as the type of content. First, the use of tobacco and e-cigarettes in public places and the harm caused to children and adults are shown in research. Then, collect and analyze data to support the arguments provided by the experts.

Publications and Audience

  • This article can be published in The Sydney Morning, Australia’s most widely read newspaper. A wider audience will see this feature story.
  • Instagram is the most popular social network for the Z-generation, as the data shows that most of Instagram’s audience is millennials or the Z-generation. The target audience of 16 to 24-year-old global Internet users prefers Instagram over other social platforms because it is the favorite social platform of the Z generation.As a result, South Australian teenagers would be more likely to see the news and support the e-cigarette and smoking ban in public places.


  • Interview with Jianqi Lin, a non-smoking IT student at the University of Sydney.
  • Interview who open Tobacco Shop in Sydney
  • Planned interview with Mark Brooke, CEO of the Australian Lung Foundation.
  • collection and analysis of data from social media information integration


Multimedia, Hypertext, and Interactivity


Data from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey indicate that 18-24-year-olds are most likely to use e-cigarettes.

Hypertext: Tobacco laws and e-cigarette laws in South Australia have been changed

Video:  shows smokers being fined for smoking in public places.

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Master of Media Practice, News and new media are my most favorite things. Also, the features I create should flatter the face.

1 Comment

  1. Excellent Job! I really like your chosen topic; smoking and electronic cigarettes in public places is definitely a social issue. This is a perfect topic for a news commentary. You have also listed the news values included in your news. Great! However, I was wondering that will you summarise your news for Instagram? Maybe the long version is not suitable for social media. Besides, I believe that changing the hyperlink in the article to open in a new window will increase the delivery of your article. Directly inserting comments from social media users about the smoking ban would also make the article more readable.

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