Forecasting future tobacco control policy: where to next?

Aust N Z J Public Health. 2010 Oct;34(5):447-50. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00588.x.


Objective: Effective tobacco control policies include price increases through taxes, restrictions on smoking in public and work places, adequately funded mass media campaigns, bans on advertising, health warnings on packages and cessation assistance. As these policies have been largely implemented in Australia, what next should the country do in tobacco control?

Methods: Ninety-one Australian tobacco control stakeholders took part in a web-based survey about the future of tobacco control policies.

Results: The policy deemed most important in decreasing smoking was to increase excise and customs duty by 30%. Other policies receiving high support included: funding mass media campaigns through tax hypothecation; introducing retail display bans; plain packaging of tobacco products; and banning smoking in outdoor dining areas. Reintroducing the sale of smokeless tobacco products received the least support.

Conclusion: Countries that have largely implemented the provisions of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control must maintain commitments to proven tobacco control measures, but also provide global leadership through the adoption of innovative policies.

Implications: The release of the Australian 2009 National Preventative Health Taskforce's report presents an opportunity to translate these ideas into action.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Advertising
  • Australia
  • Forecasting
  • Health Policy / trends*
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Policy Making*
  • Public Health
  • Smoking / economics
  • Smoking / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Social Control Policies
  • Taxes
  • Tobacco Industry / economics
  • Tobacco Industry / legislation & jurisprudence*