See also under "Resources" on
particular issues pages linked from our homepage,
and also under Facts
Listed below (alphabetically)
are some major online
Australian and international resources on tobacco - departments,
organisations, sites, publications. We've divided them
GOVERNMENT (including part-government)
ASH archived at National Library site
Australia's website is now permanently archived as an important
social/cultural/political site on the National Library of Australia's Pandora
Australia Facebook page
Australia has a Facebook
exchange tobacco control information with us.
Tobacco Control Network
“Closed” English language discussion group, information and strategy exchange site. All
members must be approved; material posted to the group is not visible or searchable by
non-members. Welcomes anyone working toward tobacco control goals. Can also be used like an email
listserv - if you have a FB account, send/receive messages directly to the
group by email – good for those with limits on Facebook access at work. If already
- “ask to join” at top right. Invite other genuine
tobacco control colleagues to join.
Secondhand smoke Facebook
"Where People Smoke Matters" group on Facebook here
- aims to encourage not smoking where it can harm others, especially
If not registered with Facebook, you can register here
Tobacco Free Australia
group on Facebook
Join this campaign group to help drive big tobacco into the sea.
to register, then search for "Tobacco Free Australia". If you're already a member of
Facebook, make sure this email address is associated with your Facebook account.
California aims to finish
The US state of California, a world leader in tobacco-free policies, is
working to "finish the fight against tobacco". Find out how they
aim to do it here.
of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
Publications and statistics on
tobacco and other drug use in Australia. Includes:
Key Tobacco-Related Datasets
Preventive Health Agency (2013) document of all key statistics relating
to smoking in Australia. The ANPHA will close under new Australian
government so future access to this important publication is uncertain.
Health and Ageing
Information on Commonwealth Government initiatives in tobacco
control, including the federal/state collaborative National Tobacco
Strategy. The Department also
has a useful calendar
of health-related dates
Library Archive of ASH Australia site
Australia was chosen in 2010 to be listed in the National Library of
Australia's "Pandora" archive.
report: tobacco chapter
September 2009: Landmark
report to the Australian Government includes this chapter on the best
ways forward in tackling our No. 1 Preventable cause of chronic disease.
Australia media release 1/9/09
National Tobacco Campaign
A Commonwealth, State and Territory health initiative. The website
has facts about smoking, images from the national campaign and stories
and information about quitting.
Tobacco Strategy 2012-18
Australian government strategy endorsed by all States and Territories.
Nine priorities to protect public health policies from tobacco industry
interference, eliminate remaining tobacco advertising, promotion and
sponsorship, and reduce affordability; also extend smokefree areas, mass
media/public education, cessation, and considering further regulation of
contents, disclosure and supply.
anti-smoking site funded by Australian Dept of Health and Ageing, with
much input from indigenous and especially young people. Very cool site
with interesting videos, games, animations and much more.
health warnings (spool down); About
of Preventive Health 2013
report from Australian National Preventive Health Agency points to
"considerable success" of Australian preventive tobacco
policies - mass media education, tobacco tax rises,
closing marketing and underage sales loopholes, pack health warnings,
plain packs and smokefree laws. Australian smoking rates "among the lowest in the
world" - ACT and NSW lowest, Tasmania and NT highest. Continuing need to address high
smoking rates among indigenous people and lower-income earners.
tobacco strategies and legislation
See latest NSW public education campaigns and other tobacco-cancer
Great WA health agency site including
Tobacco Action Plan 2005-2009
Sets out NSW government
commitment to prevention and reduction of harm. Currently under
Created and funded by the SA Smoking and Health
Project, Smarter than Smoking Project (WA) and Quit Victoria to
promote healthy lifestyle choices and provide
information on tobacco impacts.
interactive site which has a new approach to combat smoking through
showing advertisements with graphic images of damage caused by smoking.
Includes National Tobacco Campaign and advice on how to quit in eight
different languages. And see also...
Victoria / Cancer Council Victoria
Background on smoking, health issues and quitting. Site
includes a 'Tobacco Action Pack' for students and the online text of the
in Australia: Facts and Issues -
fully referenced online encyclopaedia on tobacco and smoking in Australia.
Centre for Tobacco Control
Victorian Health Dept and Quit Victoria site, specialises in
tobacco research and resources. Especially good on economics -
market shares, pricing, tax policies and economic impacts.
Annual art competition funded by a
Sydney woman concerned about tobacco health harm and environmental
announced first Tuesday in November.
Association of Smoking Cessation Professionals
best evidence-based tobacco treatment practice by trained
Australian Council on Smoking and Health
Based in Perth, coalition of 34 organisations
concerned with reducing health consequences of smoking -
state-wide, national and international. Programs, research, resources.
Australian Drug Foundation
An independent, not-for-profit organisation working to prevent and
reduce alcohol and drug problems in the Australian community.
Australian Lung Foundation
Guide to lung health and respiratory medicine for the community and
Represents doctors and takes a strong position against
Australian National Council on Drugs
Information on drugs in Australia, including tobacco, news and
Cancer Council Australia
Extensive cancer info for health professionals and the community.
useful sections on tobacco and smoking under Cancer Prevention.
Not-for-profit research organisation that aims to help people make
informed decisions about health care. Site includes synopses and
abstracts of reviews of health and medical research.
Dedicated to improving cardiovascular health, it includes materials for
students on the role tobacco plays in heart disease and stroke.
Asthma Council Australia
non-profit body aiming to create awareness and provide information about asthma. A combination of medical and
pharmaceutical interests that counts tobacco control as one of its
Smokers' Movement of Australia
non-profit body that seeks to represent the interests of the more than
80% of Australians who don't smoke - and the right of all to enjoy clean
air unpolluted by tobacco smoke.
Children from Tobacco coalition
Coalition of non-government bodies dedicated to protecting children from
tobacco smoke and promotion. Factsheets and other resources. ASH
Australia is a member.
Health Advocacy and Tobacco Control: Making Smoking History
Overview, contents and orders here for this major 2008 book on advocacy and tobacco control by
Professor Simon Chapman of Sydney University (and ASH board
A coalition of health and
employee organisations aiming to get Australian workplaces smokefree.
ASH Australia is a member.
Great youth-friendly site from Cancer Council NSW. Lots of info, links,
Cancer Council NSW (in partnership with NSW Council on Social Service)
site on tobacco and social inequity. Includes factsheet
and excellent resources
From the University of Sydney's Tobacco Industry Documents Project
Team, contains new databases,
summaries and access to pdfs of previously secret tobacco industry
documents revealing some of their most outrageous misdeeds.
in Australia: Facts and Issues
encyclopaedia of everything you ever wanted to know about tobacco and
smoking in Australia. Fully referenced, compiled by the Cancer Council
Handed out each year in Australia by ASH, AMA and ACOSH. 2012
Best government on tobacco policy: SA
Worst (Dirty Ashtray) Award: Vic
Government honoured ... and a big Coffin Nail to The Tobacco Industry
Tobacco Control Atlas
First edition launched
August 2013, compiles latest data on tobacco in Southeast Asian region.
Includes graphs, images, summaries. From South East Asia Tobacco Control
A very comprehensive tobacco control site and covers UK and Europe
with a big focus on the tobacco industry documents. Not affiliated
with ASH Australia.
world rundown on smoking bans
BBC News site gives a thumbnail update from various countries on smoking
bans and other tobacco control legislation, as government battle to stub
out the epidemic.
for Disease Control and Prevention (US) factsheets
Clear, well-evidenced factsheets on smoking and tobacco use.
tobacco in new era of trade liberalisation
report from WHO's Tobacco Free Initiative looks at how to take on
tobacco industry interference at a time of increased globalisation and
reduced trade barriers.
new updated site with great tobacco action section.
Curbing the Epidemic: Governments and the Economics of Tobacco
The result of a partnership between WHO and the World Bank, this
report covers key issues that most societies and policymakers face when
they think about tobacco or its control.
from UICC (International Union for Cancer Control) and others, featuring
slideshows on smoking deaths from 40 countries including Australia, and
resources on hazards, quit benefits and more..
Smokefree Implementation Regulations toolkit
(DSIR) online toolkit,
from the US Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium (TTAC).
Designed to help health advisers, NGOs and others draft
and adopt regulations for comprehensive smokefree laws.
Includes overview, model rules, examples. US-based but
useful for all countries.
Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)
World Health Organisation treaty to address all areas of tobacco
impacts. Australia has ratified it, among
hundreds of countries. We have obligations including 100% smokefree
workplaces, comprehensively banning all tobacco advertising and
promotion through all media, and resisting tobacco industry interference
in policy-making. Guidelines
Article 5.3 toolkit
Good set of factsheets for governments, giving step-by-step guidance
on key legislative and policy elements of preventing tobacco industry
interference in health policies under Article 5.3 of the Framework
Convention (see above). From IUATLD (International Union Against
Tuberculosis and Lung Disease).
Technical resource on implementing
WHO resource for governments on how to implement this article and prevent
tobacco industry interference in health policy.
Over 200 organisations from more than 80 countries are involved in
this alliance, which aims to make the worldwide tobacco treaty (FCTC -
see above) effective.
International tobacco control network and info base managed by the
International Union Against Cancer. To access member area you must be a member with password. Has links
to tobacco control publications and a great image
database of tobacco-related graphics, counter-ads, posters,
cartoons and more.
Interactive resource from the Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health (US). Offers free
online training on global tobacco
control. Good source for research and policy guidance
researchers, health professionals/educators, students and
Tobacco Research Network (GTRN)
Created to serve the international tobacco
control research community. Includes searchable
researcher profiles, training and funding
opportunities, international tobacco control literature database, links
to important data sources, technical resources and more. Visit, send input, and share with GTRN information and
resources of benefit to the research community.
Health Consequences of Smoking 2004
US Surgeon-General's report. Very comprehensive. Includes
what the report means to you, flash animations, pdf and htm links.
International Tobacco Control Library
From Tobaccofreekids (US), an advocate's treasure chest of
tobacco control materials from around the world.
edition "Hooked on Tobacco"
June 2004: Good brief, informative articles and graphics on tobacco's worldwide
health harm, environmental and social impacts, economic and trade
problems, and more.
New Zealand sites
Not affiliated with ASH Australia but doing similar work in
political advocacy, media and public health promotion.
Smokefree Coalition (NZ)
23 tobacco-health organisations dedicated to getting the tobacco smoke
out of the Long White Cloud.
Health Advocacy and Tobacco Control: Making Smoking History
Overview, contents and orders here for this major 2008 book on advocacy and tobacco control by Simon Chapman,
editor of Tobacco Control journal (and ASH board
the tobacco industry, winning smokefree air
Global Smokefree Partnership 2009 status
report on tobacco industry interference to delay and undermine
public health. Details industry’s worldwide tactics of
fear and misinformation, vs positive impacts of governments,
organisations and individuals taking them on - backed by the FCTC treaty.
of Media in Promoting and Reducing Tobacco Use
2008 report from US National Cancer Institute from 23 authors (including Australian
co-leader). How the tobacco
industry uses media to promote; evidence for effectiveness of bans on advertising and
promotion; role of
news & entertainment media (including movies); evidence on mass
media campaigns and other strategies.
Key findings: Tobacco advertising and promotion is
causally related to tobacco use; depiction
of smoking in movies is causally related to youth smoking uptake; mass
media campaigns reduce youth and adult smoking.
Lies and Cigarettes
2010 documentary video (42 mins)
produced by Current TV (US) - explores
and exposes aggressive marketing tactics of multinational cigarette
companies in their bid to attract a new generation of smokers,
especially among children and low-income people, especially in
low-middle income countries.
East Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA)
resources including excellent 2010 toolkit for policymakers and
advocates on Preventing
Tobacco Industry Interference - also earlier Tobacco
Industry Interference in Health Policy in ASEAN Countries (2009):
SEATCA guide on identifying and
countering TI tactics in the region, with case studies and resources.
and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) factsheet
NCDs cause over 75% of all deaths worldwide. 2011 factsheet
(2pp) from NCD Alliance outlines the problem and tobacco's role as a
major factor. Features a photo taken by ASH Australia's Anne Jones in
her role as a consultant with the IUATLD (world lung union).
Updated interactive resource from American Cancer Society and World
Lung Foundation. Includes worldwide research and
background on tobacco health, economics, youth, women, sports, history,
religion, advocacy, WHO/FCTC info, much more, by region and country.
control at a glance
Good World Bank international page, strong on economics-based info on
why reducing prevalence is a priority, the FCTC, cost-effective
interventions, research and resources.
Control in Developing Countries
From the World Bank - debunking some major myths, good talking points
Quarterly scientific journal that considers all aspects of tobacco
prevention and control. Includes published articles, papers and links.
Resource Center Fact Sheets
Fact sheets on
tobacco advertising, economics of tobacco, the nurse's role, second-hand
smoke, prevalence surveys, product regulation, tobacco smuggling, youth
Online database launched by the Tobacco Control Resource Centre (TCRC).
A “one-stop” resource about tobacco, designed for health
professionals, media, educators and the public.
Free Educational Campuses
2009 guide prepared by the International Union Against Tobacco and
Lung Disease on developing and maintaining 100% tobacco-free educational
facilities. This was
partly based on ASH Australia's Tobacco
Free Campus Guide
2009 guide prepared by the International Union Against Tobacco and
Lung Disease on developing and maintaining 100% tobacco-free healthcare
Free Kids (USA)
A mix of
policy and legal analysis containing resources for children.
Industry Interference with Tobacco Control
WHO report 2009 on what
the industry is doing to block, delay, weaken and undermine public
health policy - and how it can be stopped.
Tobacco Information and Prevention Source
US Centres for Disease Control site with general info about tobacco, current news and events, research, data and
reports categorised by topic, new tobacco-related citations and
News and Information
Fully searchable tobacco news archive. You can enter a
search term and find collected news coverage from every part of the
world permanently archived. Any tobacco news item you may have
remembered reading or hearing about in the last decade - it will be
Useful international site for health professional, policy-makers and
regulators. Research and background on health effects, interventions,
economics, policy & more. Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
with input from WHO, World Bank, CDC, Cochrane and others.
Centre for Tobacco Control Studies
Seven British universities have established this site
featuring lots of leading research and other resources.
a life worth? The truth about tobacco
Snappy 3min video from American Cancer Society and World Lung
Foundation outlines the global tobacco burden and devious tactics
employed by the tobacco industry to addict new users - mostly children.
Find out what the industry makes per tobacco death.
WHO Tobacco Free Initiative
Information about World Health Organisation tobacco control
initiatives, major international reports, and WHO publications, reports
and fact sheets. From the
Cancer Report 2008
Global research review by WHO's International Agency
for Cancer Research. International expert panel updates cancer dangers,
confirms secondhand smoke causes
cancer in non-smokers. Endorses policies including taxation and
smokefree laws. Summary
media release 19/12/08