2017 National Tobacco Control Scoreboard
World No Tobacco Day is an important time to reflect on the state of tobacco control in Australia. Each year at the National Conference of the Australian Medical Association (AMA), which coincides with World No Tobacco Day 31 May, the results from the Scoreboard are used to applaud the government who have achieved outstanding results for tobacco control over the past 12 months. It is also the time to present the ‘Dirty Ashtray Award’ to the government which have performed the most poorly.
As in previous years, the results of the 2017 National Tobacco Control Scoreboard were presented at the Welcome Reception Cocktail Party of the AMA’s National Conference on May 26, 2017.
This year, Queensland was named the winner in recognition of strong commitment to tobacco control with exceptional leadership in protecting Queenslanders from exposure to second-hand smoke. Victoria and Tasmania tied for second last. The Dirty Ashtray Award was awarded to the Northern Territory. The Northern Territory has clearly not seen reducing the death toll from smoking as a priority.
The Australian Government has implemented pioneering tobacco control legislation, including plain packaging and strong fiscal policies. These have been significant achievements, with very welcome bipartisan support.
However, the results are concerning as this year there was no “A” rating, and point to a level of complacency in tobacco control across Australia at a time when the tobacco industry continues to undermine and oppose measures that will reduce smoking. It is extremely important that governments don’t become complacent and continue to implement strong, evidence-base tobacco control measures.
ACOSH and the AMA are calling on governments across Australia to step up, take action and avoid complacency. Read more about the performance of the Australian Governments and the full recommendations from the National Tobacco Control Scoreboard here and download the infographic displaying the 2017 results here.
2016 National Tobacco Control Scoreboard
Over the years, the National Tobacco Control Scoreboard has consistently had a significant impact, generating action by low-scoring Health Ministers and encouraging those who lead the country in tobacco control efforts.
The 2016 Scoreboard results were announced at the AMA National Conference in May 2016. The 2016 Dirty Ashtray Award was awarded to the Northern Territory Government. The Victorian Government was the runner-up for the Dirty Ashtray and was designated the ‘Laggard State’. While there wasn’t an ‘A’ ranking, the Australian Government won the ‘Achievement Award’ in recognition of strong and continuing commitment to tobacco control with support for plain packaging legislation and world-leading fiscal policies.
For more information read the following media release from the AMA which was issued to coincide with the announcement: