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.

 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.

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.

More international interest – from Korea

A film crew from Daegu MBC Korea Broadcasting company  flew to Tasmania on 9 December to interview Hon. Ivan Dean about the Tobacco Free Generation, and Dr. Kathryn Barnsley about SmokeFree Tasmania.

Left to right: Seungbong Baik: Daegu MBC Cameraman (VJ);Hyung Chool Kim: Daegu MBC, Producer: Chang Kyu Shin: Daegu Medical Center, General Director; Dr. Kathryn Barnsley, SmokeFree Tasmania; Sungjin Park: Daegu Quit smoking Support Center, Head of Operation; Miu Lee: Interpreter; Sun Hwan Kim: Daegu MBC, Manager


Two papers have been released in January 2017 under FOI from the Commonwealth Government about the “Palatability” and “Tobacco product content regulation and disclosure requirements for tobacco products”. These documents have been under wraps since 2014. Check them out on our cigarette engineering additives page ! http://www.smokefreetasmania.com/cigarette-engineering-additives/

“Light” cigarettes are engineered using vented filters.

What is filter ventilation? what does it look like?

Vented filters have holes in the top of which let smoke out. This makes the cigarette taste less harsh, as there is less smoke. the problem is smokers suck harder to get their nicotine ” fix” . The smoke then goes deeper into the lungs. This means the cancer develops deep in the lungs and is harder to treat. Patients are more likely to die.


Articles about “light” cigarettes can be found here  and here  and the following:

The ACCC said that the “light” cigarette scam was “misleading and deceptive”. Imperial Tobacco refused to cooperate at first.

“The ACCC has been seeking an industry wide solution to this important consumer health issue. However Imperial Tobacco Australia Limited, the third largest tobacco company in Australia with a market share of 20 per cent, has refused to cooperate with the ACCC”, Mr Samuel said.
“Imperial Tobacco has not addressed the ACCC’s concerns about removing these descriptors within a time frame consistent with that agreed to by the other two companies.
“Imperial Tobacco has also refused to make an appropriate contribution to consumer education programs proportionate to its Australian market share. This is remarkable given the company’s $AU 47.6 million profit last financial year, as part of a worldwide Imperial Tobacco group profit of $AU 2.1 billion.

“Imperial Tobacco’s attitude demonstrates significant lack of sensitivity and responsiveness to community concerns and expectations on this issue”, Mr Samuel said.

Imperial finally agreed to remove their light and mild descriptors.


Latest news


Time for an endgame in tobacco control.

SmokeFree Tasmania rejects government proposal to regulate e-cigarettes and says sales should be banned.

No safe level of smoking: Even low-intensity smokers are at increased risk of earlier death.  Those who smoked between one and 10 cigarettes a day had an 87 percent higher risk of earlier death than never smokers, according to a new study from researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Once again we have uncovered the tobacco industry’s sneaky tricks to make people smoke lethal light cigarettes. See our media release at: final-lights-101216 Dr. Stanton’s interview on WIN TV

and Dr. Nick Towle in the Advocate.

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.