Queensland tops the charts for smoke-free efforts
Queensland has topped the AMA/ACOSH National Tobacco Control Scoreboard for the second year in a row, overtaking other jurisdictions on actions to reduce smoking.
Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said Queensland had been recognised for taking action in the majority of National Tobacco Scoreboard categories and scored the highest in provision of smoke-free environments.
“Queensland Health was recognised for being well ahead of other health services in recording smoking status, delivering brief intervention, and referring patients to evidence-based smoking cessation support services – which is a great achievement,” Dr Young said.
“Our Making Tracks toward closing the gap in health outcomes for Indigenous Queenslanders by 2033 Policy and Accountability Framework was also recognised, along with our intensive quit smoking programs for high prevalence groups.
“Queensland’s anti-smoking laws, which are now among the toughest in the world, where also given an honourable mention for protecting both smokers and non-smokers from harm caused by tobacco.”
Dr Young said while the results were encouraging, there was still a lot of work to do to achieve the Government’s target of reducing the adult daily smoking to 10 per cent by 2020.
“Queensland is increasingly becoming smoke-free. The adult daily smoking rate has halved since 1998 and youth smoking is at its lowest recorded level,” she said.
“But despite these significant gains, tobacco smoking is still the leading cause of preventable cancer cases, and many other chronic diseases, in Queensland.
“Queensland Health is commitment to protecting the health of Queenslanders and reducing the rate of smoking, which is why we will continue to see action in this area.”
The AMA/ACOSH National Tobacco Control Scoreboard is compiled annually to mark World No Tobacco Day on 31 May.
For more information on Queensland’s tobacco laws visit www.qld.gov.au
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