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South Australian Tobacco Control Strategy 2011-2016

The South Australian Tobacco Control Strategy 2011-2016 (PDF 3MB) guides State tobacco control efforts to reduce the impact of tobacco smoking on the health and wellbeing of South Australians.

Goal

To improve the health and wellbeing of South Australians by reducing the impact of tobacco smoking.

Primary target

To reduce the percentage of young cigarette smokers (15 to 29 years) to 16% by 2016.

Secondary targets

  • Reduce smoking by the South Australian population (15 years and over) from 20.7% in 2010 to 15% by 2016*.
  • Reduce smoking prevalence in the Aboriginal population by 30% by 2016.
  • Strengthen efforts to reduce smoking prevalence among people with mental illness and people who are socio-economically disadvantaged.
  • Reduce the proportion of the population exposed to passive smoking in confined public spaces by 20% by 2016.
  • Actively enforce the Tobacco Products Regulation Act 1997 to ensure maximum levels of compliance as an active deterrent for breaches, especially in regard to access to tobacco products by children.

* 2010 South Australian Health Omnibus Survey data - 20.7% is the 2010 smoking rate in South Australia. This target is proportionally equivalent to the reduction required to achieve the Council of Australian Governments' 2018 national target for tobacco use.

Outcomes

By the end of 2016, the aim is to see significant reductions in smoking prevalence and the number of people being exposed to second-hand smoke.

Targets to be achieved by the end of 2016 are outlined in the below table.

Target Outcome Baseline Target (2016)
Primary Reduce smoking prevalence in young people (15-29 years) from 22.8% in 2010 to 16% by 2016.
(SA Health Omnibus, annual)
2010
22.8%
16%
Secondary
1
Reduce smoking by people (15 years and over) from 20.7% in 2010 to 15% by 2016.
(SA Health Omnibus, annual)
2010
20.7%
15%
Secondary
2
Reduce smoking prevalence in the Aboriginal population by 30% by 2016.
(SA Aboriginal Health Survey, annual)
2011
48.3%
33.8%
Secondary
2
Achieve a 2.1% annual reduction in smoking during pregnancy for Aboriginal women by 2016.
(Pregnancy Outcome Unit, annual)
2011
54.8%
44.3%
Secondary
3
Make the most impact on reducing smoking in the two most disadvantaged quintiles by 2016.
(SA Health Omnibus, annual)
2010
26.3%
 
Secondary
4
Reduce the proportion of the population exposed to passive smoking in confined public spaces from 65.7% in 2010 to 53% by 2016.
(SA Health Omnibus, annual)
2010
65.7%
53%
Secondary
5
Reduce retailer non-compliance with sales to minor legislation to less than 5% by 2016.
(Health Protection Branch, annual)
2011
15%
<5%

To obtain a hard copy of the South Australian Tobacco Control Strategy 2011-2016 (PDF 3MB), please contact the Tobacco Control Unit, Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia:

Telephone: (08) 8274 3333 
Email: DASSATobaccoControlUnit@health.sa.gov.au

National tobacco strategy

The goal of the National Tobacco Strategy (NTS) 2012-2018 is 'to improve the health of all Australians by reducing the prevalence of smoking and its associated health, social and economic costs, and the inequalities it causes'. It prioritises action to protect public health policies from tobacco industry interference, eliminate the remaining advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products, and reduce the affordability of tobacco products. 

Other priorities focus on increasing smoke free areas, strengthening mass media and public education campaigns, improving access to evidence based cessation services, and considering further regulation of tobacco product contents, disclosure and supply. The NTS is a sub-strategy under the National Drug Strategy 2010-2015.

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