Tobacco

The Department of Health leads population-level tobacco control strategies including:

  • Quitline telephone counselling service and Quit group counselling services
  • social marketing activities and public health warning campaign
  • remote and Aboriginal community education, prevention, engagement and cessation support programs
  • education, compliance and enforcement of the Tobacco Control Act.

Go to the Northern Territory Government website for information on quitting smoking and tobacco and your health.

Tobacco Action Plan 2016-2018 

The Tobacco Action Plan for the Northern Territory is a commitment to the prevention and reduction of tobacco related harm and commits to the National Partnership Agreement on Preventive Health (NPAPH) benchmarks.

This document will reflect activities targeted at high risk and vulnerable groups in our community including:

  •  Aboriginal peoples
  •  young people
  •  people with mental illness
  •  women who smoke in pregnancy.  

The action plan will guide the activities of the Department of Health, Top End Health Service and Central Australia Health Service.

The plan is currently undergoing consultation before being released.

Legislation

The Tobacco Control Act aims to minimise the harms from smoking through:

  • restricting smoking in certain public places and workplaces
  • regulating packaging, advertising and sponsorship
  • removing from display tobacco and smoking products
  • regulating the conduct of premises at which tobacco is sold 
  • prohibiting the sale and supply of tobacco and smoking products to children.

Tobacco Control Act

Department of Health smoke free policy

The Smoke Free Policy is about providing a safe work environment for staff, protecting patients and visitors from environmental tobacco smoke, and providing help for staff and patients to quit smoking.

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Last updated: 11 January 2017