Thanks to our generous supporters, we’ve made extraordinary progress in our work to tackle cancer to date.
Today, over 70% of people diagnosed with cancer in NSW live for five years or more past a diagnosis. In 1980, this figure was around 50%.
In 2022/23, we achieved some significant milestones to reduce the impact of cancer for generations to come.
Acting on vaping and tobacco use
Translating research into policy and saving lives
In 2023, our Generation Vape research project* culminated in an incredible advocacy win: The Australian federal government announced decisive action on vaping, with new policies to safeguard our tobacco control success and stop a new generation from becoming addicted to nicotine.
The importation ban on single-use vapes will come into effect on 1 January 2024 with further changes to follow from 1 March 2024.
The new policies include stopping the importation of non-prescription e-cigarettes at our borders, banning single-use vapes, introducing pharmaceutical-like packaging and reducing allowable nicotine contents.
In May 2023, we also welcomed the federal government’s new National Tobacco Strategy (2023-2030), which plots a new path to reduce smoking in Australia to below 10% by 2025 and below 5% by 2030.
This new strategy reflects the hard work across research, policy and advocacy from across Cancer Councils over many years.