Tobacco action in Tasmania
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- Smoking is the single largest preventable cause of premature death and disease in Australia.
- Long-term smoking kills two in thee people who smoke
- In Tasmania, an average of 559 people die each year from smoking
Snapshot of tobacco use in Tasmania (National Health Survey 2017-18)
- 17.6 per cent of Tasmanian adults smoke. That is 70,500 adults.
- The prevalence of smoking is higher in Tasmania than it is nationally (15 per cent).
- More men were current smokers (19.3 per cent) compared to women (15.7 percent).
- Smoking was most common among 18 to 24 year olds (22.6 per cent).
- 33.6 per cent of Tasmanian adults are ex-smokers.
- 48.9 per cent of Tasmanian adults have never smoked.
Tobacco Action Plan
- Tobacco policy in Tasmania is outlined in the Tasmanian Tobacco Action Plan: reducing the use of tobacco and related products 2022-2026.
- The goal of the Plan is to improve the health and wellbeing of Tasmanians by reducing the prevalence of smoking and the harm it causes.
- This includes action to reduce the use of e-cigarettes and other new and emerging smoking products.
- Tobacco companies did not contribute to the development or implementation of the plan.
- We protect public health policy and tobacco legislation from the interests of tobacco companies.
Areas for action
- Encourage and support all people who smoke to quit for good.
- Prevent Tasmanians from taking up smoking.
- Prioritise support for people with the greatest needs.
- Create supportive environments that protect Tasmanians from tobacco industry harms.
- Strengthen and use the evidence base.
The Tasmanian Tobacco Action Plan builds on past action to reduce smoking in Tasmania.