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National Tobacco Strategy 2012-2018

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The National Tobacco Strategy (NTS) 2012-2018 has been developed by the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs Standing Committee on Tobacco as a sub-strategy under the National Drug Strategy 2010-2015.

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The NTS 2012-2018 takes into account the public consultation on the draft for consultation of the NTS 2012-2018, the review of the National Tobacco Strategy 2004-2009, key policy contexts for tobacco control, such as the COAG National Healthcare Agreement, the COAG National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health, the Australian Government's response to the National Preventative Health Taskforce report, state and territory tobacco strategies and policy frameworks, and recent Australian Government tobacco reform initiatives.

Nine priority areas for action underpin the goal of the NTS 2012-2018 “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”.

The NTS 2012-2018 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 2012-2018 recognises the social and health inequalities associated with tobacco use, and emphasises the importance of working in partnership to reduce smoking rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and other populations with a high prevalence of smoking.

At the 9 November 2012 meeting of the Standing Council on Health, the Commonwealth, state and territory Health Ministers endorsed the NTS 2012-2018 and agreed to its public release on the National Drug Strategy website.

Information about the development of the NTS 2012-2018

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