Smoking and tobacco regulation
Smoking rates are coming down in Australia but there are still more than 15,000 deaths caused by smoking every year.
Tobacco smoke is one of the main risk factors for heart disease and is responsible for 12% of the burden (death and illness) of cardiovascular disease in Australia.
Seven steps to reduce smoking in Australia
|1. Make smoking less affordable|
|Price increases of tobacco are the most effective single measure to prevent and reduce tobacco use. Read about the steps to make smoking less affordable.|
|2. Mass media and public education campaigns|
|Messages through mass media and public education campaigns are effective ways to communicate the hazards of tobacco.|
|3. Provide support to quit smoking|
|Ongoing support is needed to encourage people to stop smoking and remain non-smokers once doing so. Read more on smoke free support strategies.|
|4. Increase number of smoke-free environments|
|Smoke-free environments protect non-smokers from the dangers of second-hand smoke. Read more about the benefits of smoke-free environments.|
|5. Restrict promotion and marketing of smoking|
|Tobacco advertising remains an important factor in smoking initiation. Read about strategies to eliminate advertising, promotion and the sponsorship of smoking.|
|6. Regulate the contents of cigarettes and smoking-related products|
|Tobacco flavourings and filter design features increase the attractiveness of tobacco products by disguising their harsh taste. Read more on banning the use of filters and flavourings.|
|7. Reduce availability of tobacco|
|Tobacco remains one of the most readily available consumer products. Read more on efforts to reduce the accessibility of tobacco products.|
Frameworks supporting tobacco control
Strategic planning for tobacco control increases its effectiveness.
Tobacco industry interference
Efforts to reduce smoking should be free of any interference.