Smoke Free Tasmania

SmokeFree Tasmania is a health advocacy organisation, and the goal is to  advance the endgame for tobacco.

We believe that  Tobacco Free Generation laws will help to reduce smoking rates in Tasmania this century. We commit to reducing the smoking of tobacco products in Tasmania, and eventually ending the commercial sale of cigarettes and tobacco.

Logo.jpgSmokeFree Tasmania is proudly supported by Breathe Well

Breathewell is the Centre of Research Excellence for Chronic Respiratory Disease and Lung Ageing, at the School of Medicine, University of Tasmania

SmokeFree Tasmania supports the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. (FCTC)

SmokeFree Tasmania supports a tobacco free generation for people born since the year 2000, and legislation to achieve this.

The Tasmanian government has an alternate proposal, the minimum legal smoking age (MLSA). See our comparison table ….Comparison table MLSA and TFG_16125 …which compares the two options. The TFG is much simpler to implement for retailers, and will be more effective at reducing smoking rates in Tasmania. See our Final-media-release-TFG-SFT-and-AHA-and-MLSA-Feb-2016 .

Our Final SmokeFree Tasmania Submission 2016 Public Health Consultation 2025.

International recognition of the  Tasmanian TFG initiative at a World Conference in India in 2013, and the World Conference on Tobacco and Health ( WCTOH ) in Abu Dhabi March 2015. “The conference commends jurisdictions including the Australian state of Tasmania that are advancing initiatives to create Tobacco Free Generations for all persons born since the year 2000″MargaretChanAdrianREynoldsJonBerrickWCTOH

Director-General of the WHO Dr. Margaret Chan pictured with Dr. Adrian Reynolds (left) and Prof. Jon Berrick at the WCTOH.



Latest news


The Legislative Council Committee has finally brought down its report on the TFG and says there is no legal impediment to its implementation!

Dr. Harley Stanton says “kite flying” no way to improve health.

Tobacco Free Generation better than MLSA – Tasmanian Times.

 MLSA is ‘symbolic gesture politics’ says Prof Simon Chapman.

Mercury story on the MLSA and TFG Feb 22 2016.

ABC news, Prof Haydn Walters interview on the MLSA and the TFG.

If we can ‘recall’ lettuce – why not cigarettes? Tobacco is radioactive, poisonous and carcinogenic. See Croakey story.


Interview with Ivan Dean MLC on ABC radio.

Big Tobacco targets our children – AGAIN!

Leading Launceston journalist Barry Prismall writes in the Examiner and describes the harrowing experience of the lung cancer of a close friend.

Another myth busted! New study shows little weight is gained after quitting smoking!

The Lancet Respiratory Editorial praises Tasmania.


Cancer Council Tasmania survey shows support for the TFG from 87.9% of those aged 18-29 years.

Australian research by Banks et al, published in  BMC Medicine – shows up to two-thirds of deaths in current smokers can be attributed to smoking – Feb 2015. Summary.

AIHW NDS 2013 States x opinion – strong support in Tasmania for raising the legal age for sale to minors in Australia, and banning additives.


40% of young Tasmanian males smoke – those in the 25 to 34 and 35 to 44 age groups.

An average of 471 Tasmanians die each year from tobacco use.

More men than women smoke in Tasmania.

35 per cent of pregnant women under 20 years of age are smokers.

Smoking prevalence is highest in the 25 to 34 age group at 33 per cent, which compares to 23 per cent nationally.