Smoke Free Tasmania

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

More than 500 Tasmanians die every year from smoking tobacco products.

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

 SmokeFree Tasmania supports the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. (FCTC)
Professor Prabhat Jha visited Tasmania on Monday 3 April 2017, gave a lecture at the Menzies Research Institute and met with a number of politicians. He is pictured in Parliament House with Rebecca White, ALP leader (centre) and Dr. Harley Stanton (left).

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




Latest news


Tasmania sinks to the bottom on AMA “Dirty Ashtray” awards, along with the NT and Victoria. The government fraternization with big tobacco and failure to conduct mass media education campaigns are the big criticisms. Dirty-Ashtray-Tasmania The Advocate and Examiner reports.

Governments are failing to provide information about tobacco industry influence on national drug strategies.

Vale John Clarke , died at age 68, a brilliant NZ satirist. RIP – he will be missed.

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, 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.


Australia’s drug strategies are influenced by big tobacco.

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.


30-36% of young males in Tasmania smoke – those in the 25 to 34 and 35 to 44 age groups. Tobacco use in Tasmania 2014-15

Over 500 Tasmanians die each year from tobacco use.

More men than women smoke in Tasmania.

36 per cent of pregnant women under 20 years of age are smokers. Smoking and Pregnancy in Tasmania 2013 

Smoking in pregnancy causes many problems for babies.