Seven actions to achieve a Tobacco Free Western Australia by 2025
It is critical that tobacco control remains a priority for the Federal, State and Local Governments. Local Councils can consider implementing the following actions in line with the ACOSH seven actions to achieve a Tobacco Free Western Australia by 2025.
- Public education campaigns
- Incorporate information about the harms of tobacco and benefits of smoke free environments in Council e-newsletter, website and other communications to raise awareness among staff, Councillors and the community.
- Use World No Tobacco Day (31 May) and other health-related key dates as an opportunity to raise awareness of harms of smoking and promote specific smoke free events with staff, Councillors and the community through Community Development and Art programs.
- Reduce smoking among Indigenous Australians and disadvantaged groups
- When possible, promote and refer Indigenous community members to the local Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) program within local Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation for effective quitting support.
- Encourage Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, Aboriginal community groups, and other disadvantaged groups receiving Council funding and/or facilities (meeting rooms, parks, pools etc.) to implement smoke free initiatives.
- Stronger enforcement of the legislation to prohibit sales to minors
- In the absence of State reforms, liaise with the WA Department of Health to conduct periodical monitoring and enforcement of the legislation that prohibits sales to minors within the Local Government area.
- When retailers are found to be selling tobacco to minors, report to the WA Department of Health for further action.
- Reduce the availability of tobacco and increase licence fees for tobacco sellers
- Seek a Council resolution to advocate to the WA Department of Health to reduce the availability of tobacco within the Local Government area.
- Eliminate community exposure to secondhand smoke
- Extend smoke free areas to outdoor public venues including public transport waiting areas, taxi ranks, outdoor child care facilities, the Council’s ticketed events, the Council’s Business District, pedestrian malls and shopping centre entrances.
- Limit the use of electronic cigarettes in areas where smoking combustible cigarettes is prohibited.
- Encourage not-for-profit organisations and community groups that receive Council funding and/or use Council venues (meeting rooms, parks, pools etc.) to implement smoke free events.
- Encourage ethical investments and reject any donations from the tobacco industry
- Encourage staff and Councillors to invest ethically, and ensure Council funds are not invested in tobacco companies or there subsidiaries; and
- Develop and adopt a policy on ethical investment.
The video below is from the ACOSH World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) short video series featuring tobacco control experts. Number two in the series features Mr Vic Andrich, President | Environmental Health Australia (WA) and ACOSH Secretary. Mr Andrich talks about how local government can further reduce the prevalence of smoking.