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The Tackling Tobacco Program

Tackling Tobacco is a framework developed by Cancer Council NSW that services can implement to create a smokefree culture and reduce smoking rates of clients, staff and community members.

Working with health and community services, the program aims to reduce the physical, social and financial impact that smoking has on disadvantaged populations, often bringing them further into personal hardship.  Organisations that service disadvantaged populations are perfectly placed to create positive change as they have existing connections with these populations, are committed to improving their wellbeing and are familiar in promoting positive behaviour change. 

The step-by-step model is designed to:

  • Increase your capacity to address smoking
  • Support and empower clients and staff to stop smoking
  • De-normalise smoking within your organisation by reducing opportunities to smoke

How it works

The Tackling Tobacco program is made up of six key elements, also referred to as areas of change. The six elements work together as an organisation-wide approach to address smoking by promoting shared responsibility, creating a smokefree culture and ensuring smoking care becomes part of the usual support provided by your service. 

The six areas of change

Committed leadership: Involves identifying project leaders who will drive the change and establishing commitment from senior staff. 

Comprehensive smoking policies: Acts as the foundation to your Tackling Tobacco plan. Involves addressing smoking by developing clear policies to guide and support action. 

Building supportive systems: Linking policies to action by changing systems and protocols to address smoking. 

Consistent Quit supports: Actively providing routine smoking care to clients and linking them to additional support. 

Training and follow up: Training, upskilling and increasing staff confidence to address smoking as a part of everyday client support. 

Monitoring and data collection: Evaluating how well your organisation is addressing smoking and providing ongoing support to clients. 

Learn more about Tackling Tobacco

To gain a better understanding about the program, what it involves and whether your service has the capacity to implement it, download these resources:

The Tackling Tobacco toolkit

Tackling Tobacco instructions

What your service should consider today

When deciding if or how your service will implement a Tackling Tobacco project, be sure to consider the following:

  1. Time: Take time to understand the program's ‘ins and outs’ and how you will implement it within your service. The program will involve making changes to workplace policy, processes and culture, hence it is important to carefully consider your approach.
  2. Plan: Solid planning is the foundation of the project and is important for its sustained success. Plan who to involve, how to involve them and what resources are needed.
  3. Cost: Our Tackling Tobacco tools and resources are free to download and use. Quit Victoria may also be able to provide training for free or at a subsided cost. It is also important that your service considers the cost of administration, staff time, additional training or the cost of smoking aids such as nicotine replacement therapy products.

Tools and resources

If your service has decided to make change and implement Tackling Tobacco, we have a range of tools that will help you along the way. These tools will support your service when planning, implementing and reviewing the steps involved in Tackling Tobacco.

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Why tackle smoking in your client group?

Smoking is one of the major contributors to social disadvantage in Victoria.

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Benefits to clients

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