Tobacco smoking is a leading preventable cause of morbidity and premature death in NSW. NSW Health continues to implement a comprehensive approach to tobacco control to reduce smoking rates. 

NSW Tobacco Strategy

The NSW Tobacco Strategy 2012 - 2021 guides the NSW Government on ways to reduce smoking and harm associated with tobacco use. It outlines a comprehensive set of policies, programs and regulatory initiatives to achieve the tobacco control targets in the Government’s NSW 2021 Plan.

NSW Health Tobacco Strategy Work Plan

The NSW Health Tobacco Strategy Work Plan 2019-2021 supports the implementation of the NSW Tobacco Strategy. The Work Plan focuses on encouraging priority population groups with high smoking rates such as Aboriginal people and pregnant women to quit and stay quit, and improving health services in integrating smoking cessation into routine clinical practice.
NSW smoking rates are gradually declining and NSW Health is committed to further reducing tobacco-related harm. Some approaches to tobacco control in NSW include:
  • Banning smoking and using e-cigarettes in enclosed and certain public outdoor places through the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000
  • Implementing the Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008 and continuing a strong compliance monitoring and enforcement program in relation to tobacco retailing.
  • Increasing community awareness of the smoking and using e-cigarette bans in outdoor areas, and streamlining and enhancing the processes for enforcement, compliance monitoring and reporting of breaches on tobacco control legislation.
  • Implementing the NSW Health Smoke-free Health Care Policy, which means that all NSW Health buildings, grounds and vehicles are smoke-free with the exception of designated outdoor smoking areas. 
  • Implementing programs targeting populations with high smoking rates. These include the Quit for New Life program to support smoking cessation for pregnant Aboriginal women, the A-TRAC program to build tobacco control capacity of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and the staff employed within these services.
  • Developing the ATRAC Framework - a strategic framework for Aboriginal tobacco resistance and control in NSW.
  • Offering population-based tobacco control services. The NSW Quitline is a confidential telephone information and advice service to help smokers quit, including call back and referral facilities.
  • Providing the Tobacco Information Line (1800 357 412), a telephone service for anyone who has queries about tobacco control.
  • Working closely with the Commonwealth, State, local government and non-government stakeholders.
The NSW Tobacco Strategy 2018 Snapshot  gives a status update of key program elements in place to reduce the harm associated with tobacco.
Current as at: Wednesday 10 July 2019
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