A continued increase in the proportion of adolescents who never smoke, as well as an understanding of factors that influence reductions in smoking among this susceptible population, is crucial. The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control provides an appropriate structure to briefly examine Australian and New South Wales policies and programs that are influencing reductions in smoking among adolescents in Australia.
This paper provides an overview of price and recent tax measures to reduce the demand for tobacco, the evolution of smoke-free environment policies,changes to tobacco labelling and packaging, public education campaigns, and restrictions to curb tobacco advertising. It also discusses supply reduction measures that limit adolescents’ access to tobacco products.
Consideration is given to emerging priorities to achieve continued declines in smoking by Australian adolescents.