The proposal was unanimously approved by the state's upper house on Tuesday and Tasmanian Health Minister Michelle O'Byrne said it "is worthy of serious consideration."
"This would mean that we would have a generation of people not exposed to tobacco products," Legislative Council member Ivan Dean told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, AFP reported.
Just a few days earlier, the Australian government won a legal battle to force cigarettes to be sold in plain packaging in an effort to reduce smoking rates.
Syphilis Causes Temporary Shut Down of U.S. Porn Industry
The U.S. porn industry has temporarily shut down after one performer tested positive for the sexually transmitted disease syphilis.
The voluntary moratorium was called for Monday by the Free Speech Coalition, the pornography trade group, CBS News and the Associated Press reported.
The moratorium is expected to shut down the multi-billion dollar porn industry "until the risk to performers in the industry has been properly assessed and all performers have been tested," the trade association said in a statement.
Syphilis can be difficult to detect, so the trade group's medical experts have ordered preventative shots of antibiotics for performers. After they receive the shots, the performers can return to work within 10 days, said coalition spokeswoman Joanne Cachapero, CBS/AP reported.
The Los Angeles County Public Health Department said last Friday that it is investigating at least five possible cases of syphilis that were reported last week.
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