This weeks NACCHO Save a date is dedicated to World No Tobacco Day we feature just some of 100’s of events at our ACCHO clinics throughout Australia
Each year on 31 May, the World Health Organisation (WHO) mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), an opportunity to highlight the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocate for policies to reduce tobacco consumption.
The theme for 2017 is Tobacco – a threat to development, which aims to demonstrate the risk that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries. The theme will highlight measures that governments and the public can take to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis.
WHO is calling on countries to prioritise and accelerate tobacco control efforts as part of their responses to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In addition to saving lives and reducing health inequalities, comprehensive tobacco control contains the adverse environmental impact of tobacco growing, manufacturing, trade and consumption.
In Australia, tobacco smoking is still an area of concern, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in rural and remote areas.
The Deadly Choices team is hitting the road this World No Tobacco Day on Wednesday 31 May to:
- Reduce the number of people in community exposed to the impacts of passive smoking inside their homes or cars, through the Deadly Places, Smoke-Free Spaces campaign and
- Encourage people to join the Deadly Choices Smoke-Free Team by attending Quit appointments at IUIH clinics.
On World No Tobacco Day the Deadly Choices team will be running tobacco stalls at the following clinics:
|Moreton ATSICHS||Morayfield||9-11:30am||10-20 Walkers Road|
|Moreton ATSICHS||Strathpine||9-11:30am||6/199 Gympie Road|
|Moreton ATSICHS||Deception Bay||1-3:30pm||675 Deception Bay Road|
|Moreton ATSICHS||Caboolture||1-3:30pm||5 James Street|
|ATSICHS Brisbane||Wooloongabba||1-3:30pm||55 Annerley Road|
|ATSICHS Brisbane||Browns Plains||1-3:30pm||20-24 Commerce Road|
|ATSICHS Brisbane||Logan||9-11:30am||41 Station Road|
|ATSICHS Brisbane||Northgate||9-11:30am||313 Melton Road|
|Kambu||Ipswich||9-11:30am||27 Roderick Street|
|Kambu||Goodna||1-3:30pm||13 Church Street|
|Kalwun||Miami||1:30-3:30pm||2020 Gold Coast Highway|
|Kalwun||Oxenford||11am-12pm||Level 1, 2 Leo Graham Way|
|Kalwun||Bilinga||10:30am-12:30pm||Airport Central, 1 Eastern Ave|
|Yulu-Burri-Ba||Dunwich||9:30-11am||16 Dickson Way|
|Yulu-Burri-Ba||Capalaba||2-3:30pm||Shop 2&3/ 1 Finucane Road|
|Yulu-Burri-Ba||Wynnum||1-3pm||85 Edith Street|
At the tobacco stalls, you’ll be able to:
- Complete the Deadly Choices Tobacco Survey.
- Sign the pledge to make your home and car Deadly, Smoke-Free Spaces.
In return you’ll receive:
- A Deadly Home Pack containing stickers, magnets and a fact sheet.
- An entry into the competition to win a family trip to Sydney to watch State of Origin 2 at ANZ Stadium.
If you’re a smoker, you’re encouraged to register yourself for Quit appointments at the clinics. If you do this, and attend four Quit sessions, you are eligible for a limited edition Smoke-Free Team jersey.
Not a smoker? Just refer a smoker that you know and, if that smoker attends four Quit sessions, both you and the smoker are eligible for a limited edition Smoke-Free Team jersey.
But wait, there’s more!
- Five people who sign pledges on the day will be randomly selected and win a double pass each to the Broncos vs Melbourne Storm game during the Deadly Choices Round at Suncorp Stadium on Friday 30 June 2017 (10 tickets given away in total) and
- Smokers who attend all four of their quit appointments in June will go into the draw to win a personalised Smoke-Free Team jersey.
If you can’t attend on the day, you can still complete the survey and sign the pledge to go into the draw to win the trip to Sydney to watch State of Origin 2 at ANZ Stadium on 21 June 2014, by going to www.deadlychoices.com.au
And Cape York
World No Tobacco Day
May 31st is World No Tobacco Day and people from Cape York are saying “Don’t Make Smokes Your Story.”
Apunipima Cape York Health Council Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) staff have been engaging with Cape York communities to develop an anti-smoking campaign.
The locally appropriate ‘Don’t Make Smokes Your Story’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the harms of smoking and passive smoking, the benefits of a smoke-free environment, and available quit support.
The Cape York ‘Don’t Make Smokes Your Story’ Campaign enables community members to share on film their stories about quitting, trying to quit and the impact of smoking on families and communities. It is hoped that by sharing their stories, others will be encouraged to share their stories too.
Selena Possum, who has lived in Pormpuraaw for the last 20 years, is now a non-smoker. She says smoking affected her a lot, “Wasting a lot of money to buy cigarettes and it was making me sick, coughing a lot, and getting up late, and it smells on your clothes a lot. So I said to myself I would have to cut down smoking.”
“You don’t have to buy cigarettes, you don’t have to afford cigarettes for other people, you don’t have to get cigarettes. Just be strong and stand up for yourself and say no!”
Coen local Amos James Hobson has never smoked in his life. He sees many young people start smoking “Just to be cool, to pick up a chick.” He says to all the young people out there, “Our people didn’t smoke, don’t smoke, it’s not good. It’s not our culture and it’s not our way.”
Thala Wallace from Napranum has tried to quit three times and says “Every time it gets easier.” Her strategy is to “Try to find ways to occupy myself, snack-out on fruit or go to the gym, getting out and hanging out more with people who don’t smoke.”
The stories, as well as posters, social media posts and radio advertisements will be released from May 31st as Apunipima launches the Cape York ‘Don’t Make Smokes Your Story’ campaign.
Apunipima received a Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) Regional Tobacco Control Grant as part of the National Tackling Indigenous Smoking program.
To effectively reduce smoking rates in Cape York, Apunipima TIS staff have been engaging with communities to develop and implement a locally appropriate social marketing campaign to influence smoking behaviours and community readiness to address smoke-free environments.
The Cape York campaign will align with a national ‘Don’t Make Smokes Your Story’ campaign.
In Tasmania Flinders Island Aboriginal Association
Amazing day on Cape Barren Island celebrating World No Tobacco Day today. This smoke free event was well attended by the community.
In South Australia
In Western Australia Broome
Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption.
The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is “Tobacco – a threat to development.”
About the campaign
- It will demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens.
- It will propose measures that governments and the public should take to promote health and development by confronting the global tobacco crisis.
Controlling tobacco helps achieve other global goals
In addition to saving lives and reducing health inequalities, comprehensive tobacco control contains the adverse environmental impact of tobacco growing, manufacturing, trade and consumption.
Tobacco control can break the cycle of poverty, contribute to ending hunger, promote sustainable agriculture and economic growth, and combat climate change. Increasing taxes on tobacco products can also be used to finance universal health coverage and other development programs of the government.
It is not only governments who can step up tobacco control efforts: people can contribute on an individual level to making a sustainable, tobacco-free world. People can commit to never take up tobacco products. Those who do use tobacco can quit the habit, or seek help in doing so, which will in turn protect their health as well as people exposed to second-hand smoke, including children, other family members and friends. Money not spent on tobacco can be, in turn, used for other essential uses, including the purchase of healthy food, healthcare and education.
Facts about tobacco, tobacco control and the development goals
- About 6 million people die from tobacco use every year, a figure that is predicted to grow to more than 8 million a year by 2030 without intensified action. Tobacco use is a threat to any person, regardless of gender, age, race, cultural or educational background. It brings suffering, disease, and death, impoverishing families and national economies.
- Tobacco use costs national economies enormously through increased health-care costs and decreased productivity. It worsens health inequalities and exacerbates poverty, as the poorest people spend less on essentials such as food, education and health care. Some 80% of premature deaths from tobacco occur in low- or middle-income countries, which face increased challenges to achieving their development goals.
- Tobacco growing requires large amounts of pesticides and fertilizers, which can be toxic and pollute water supplies. Each year, tobacco growing uses 4.3 million hectares of land, resulting in global deforestation between 2% and 4%. Tobacco manufacturing also produces over 2 million tonnes of solid waste.
- The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) guides the global fight against the tobacco epidemic. The WHO FCTC is an international treaty with 180 Parties (179 countries and the European Union). Today, more than half the world’s countries, representing nearly 40% of the world’s population (2.8 billion people), have implemented at least one of the WHO FCTC’s most cost-effective measures to the highest level. An increasing number of countries are creating firewalls to ward off interference from the tobacco industry in government tobacco control policy.
- Through increasing cigarette taxes worldwide by US$1, an extra US$190 billion could be raised for development. High tobacco taxes contribute to revenue generation for governments, reduce demand for tobacco, and offer an important revenue stream to finance development activities.
Goals of the World No Tobacco Day 2017 campaign
World No Tobacco Day 2017 aims to:
- Highlight the links between the use of tobacco products, tobacco control and sustainable development.
- Encourage countries to include tobacco control in their national responses to 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
- Support Member States and civil society to combat tobacco industry interference in political processes, in turn leading to stronger national tobacco control action.
- Encourage broader public and partner participation in national, regional and global efforts to develop and implement development strategies and plans and achieve goals that prioritize action on tobacco control.
- Demonstrate how individuals can contribute to making a sustainable, tobacco-free world, either by committing to never taking up tobacco products, or by quitting the habit.
In the NT
31st of May is World No Tobacco Day. If you see us mob out and about don’t be shame to come up and have a yarn. This week you can spot us Casuarina Shopping Centre, Darwin Smith Street Mall and Nighcliff Shopping Centre. #NoTobacco
World No Tobacco Day” is coming up on Wednesday 31st May and the VAHS Healthy Lifestyle Team is hosting a morning tea event to celebrate!
This event is a great way to spread awareness about tobacco cessation and to acknowledge the inspirational journeys that many Community members have taken to be or to stay smoke-free!!
We’re lucky enough to have Aunty Rieo Ellis come along to share her story and ttalk about he steps she has taken to quit smoking and live a healthier lifestyle.
We hope to see you there!
For more information, please feel free to contact the VAHS Healthy Lifestyles Team on 9403 3300.
In New South Wales
On the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet and the Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre we have three key sections for addressing tobacco use.
The Tackling Indigenous Smoking portal hosts information for organisations funded through the National Tackling Indigenous Smoking programme, but it will also be useful for people working in any other initiative to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to quit smoking.
The Preventing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Maternal Smoking portal provides the Indigenous women’s maternal and child health workforce and other related workers with access to quality information about smoking cessation and prevention to support better health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, their babies and families.
The Tobacco section on the AOD Knowledge Centre provides a comprehensive collection of information for people working, studying or interested in addressing tobacco use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.