The Northern Territory Government is committed to providing leadership and being innovative, setting ambitious goals and maintaining evidence-based, population-wide approaches we know work.

The Northern Territory (NT) has the highest smoking rate in Australia, and will continue to face many significant challenges for tobacco control during the life of this plan.

These include:

  • achieving reductions in smoking rates for some population groups
  • adapting quickly to the changing media environment to communicate smoke-free messages
  • responding to emerging technologies and internet mediated promotions and sales
  • ensuring adherence to Australia’s obligations under article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which requires parties to protect tobacco control policies from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry

The NT Tobacco Action Plan 2019–2023 (Action Plan) provides clear strategic direction for anyone working in tobacco control to implement specific activities with an aim to produce improved health outcomes across the Territory. It focuses efforts on providing increased awareness on the harmful effects of tobacco smoking, support for people to quit, greater access to clinical interventions, and implementation and monitoring of smoke-free workplace policy and legislative support across the NT.

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