Tobacco Action

Tobacco Action

Tobacco policy in Tasmania is guided by the Tasmanian Tobacco Control Plan 2017-2021 (accessible).

It provides clear direction to further reduce tobacco use and its harms through actions that all sectors and levels of government can take over the next four years.

The Tobacco Control Plan 2017-2021 builds on past successes. During the period of the Tasmanian Tobacco Action Plan 2011-15 smoking for adults fell from 21.7 per cent in 2011-12 to 18.9 per cent in 2014-15.

The goal of the Plan is to improve the health, social and economic wellbeing of all Tasmanians by reducing the prevalence of tobacco use and smoking, and the inequalities it causes.

Priorities for action

There are four key areas for action:

  1. Encourage and help all people who smoke to quit for good.
  2. Prevent smoking uptake and de-normalise tobacco use.
  3. Reduce smoking by high prevalence groups.
  4. Strengthen and integrate the evidence base.

Expressions of Interest

A working groups on Smoke free Priority Populations, Tobacco Action Evaluation and Smoke Free Young People will be one of the first steps in implementing the Plan.

Expression of interest

To express interest in becoming a member of one of these working groups email tobacco.coalition@dhhs.tas.gov.au by the 30 September 2017. For more information about these groups please call Veronica Martin-Gall on 6166 0668.

Communication with tobacco companies

Tobacco companies did not contribute to the development or implementation of this Plan in Tasmania.

We recognise the importance of protecting the development of public health policy and tobacco legislation from the interests of tobacco companies.

As such it is our practice to only communicate with tobacco companies in their capacity as a tobacco licence holder or with respect to existing tobacco legislation.