Reduce retail availability of tobacco

Selling tobacco anywhere, anytime: Harmful Not Helpful

GOAL: Reduce retail availability of tobacco in NSW to support people trying to quit and encourage young people to live smoke free.

None of us want our kids to start smoking and we all want to support family and friends to quit. But right now, across NSW, it’s too easy to start smoking and it’s too hard to stop. Cigarettes are available everywhere – tempting young people to pick up the habit and encouraging smokers to continue to smoke.

There are almost no limits on who can sell cigarettes and where and when they can be sold. In fact, in NSW alone there are almost 10,000 places supplying cigarettes to our family and friends. Tobacco is more widely available than bread and milk. This matters because we know that people are more likely to smoke – to start smoking and to keep smoking – when there are more places supplying cigarettes.

But we can change this. We can call on the NSW Government to limit the availability of cigarettes in NSW and make it easier for people to quit and harder for young people to take up smoking.

The Ministry of Health has proposed merging the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 and the Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008.

We need to let the Government know that almost 10,000 places supplying cigarettes across NSW is too many and that the newly merged legislation needs to limit the retail availability of tobacco products to our family and friends.  

What you can do…

Contact your local MP to let them know that when the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 and Public Health (Tobacco) Act 2008 are merged you want the new legislation to limit the number, type, distribution and/or location of retailers supplying tobacco across NSW.  If you’re unsure how to contact your MP you can access their contact details via the NSW Parliament website. 

If you need information about quitting, visit iCanQuit.com.au or call the Quitline on 13 78 48.

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