No smoker left behind: it’s time to tackle tobacco in Australian priority populations

Billie Bonevski, Ron Borland, Christine L Paul, Robyn L Richmond, Michael Farrell, Amanda Baker, Coral E Gartner, Sharon Lawn, David P Thomas and Natalie Walker
Med J Aust 2017; 207 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja16.01425
Published online: 21 August 2017

A truly comprehensive approach to tobacco control should include interventions targeting high risk groups

Australia is a world leader in tobacco control as a result of implementing the strong tobacco control strategies in the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control ( The Australian adult daily smoking prevalence is 14%1 compared with 31% in 1986,2 with a government goal to reduce this prevalence to 10% by 2020.3 Recently employed tobacco control strategies include increased taxation and plain cigarette pack legislation, supported by strong legislative, economic and community commitment to significantly reduce tobacco use in our society. These strategies motivate smokers to quit. For example, data from the 2007 National Drug Strategy Household Survey4 indicate that high cigarette prices are a key motivator to attempt to quit or reduce the number of cigarettes smoked.

  • Billie Bonevski1
  • Ron Borland2
  • Christine L Paul1
  • Robyn L Richmond3
  • Michael Farrell4
  • Amanda Baker1
  • Coral E Gartner5
  • Sharon Lawn6
  • David P Thomas7
  • Natalie Walker8

  • 1 University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW
  • 2 Cancer Council Victoria, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 UNSW Sydney, Sydney, NSW
  • 4 National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, NSW
  • 5 University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD
  • 6 Flinders Human Behaviour and Health Research Unit, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA
  • 7 Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, NT
  • 8 National Institute for Health Innovation, University of Auckland, Auckland, NZ

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