Tackling Tobacco Program


What is the Tackling Tobacco Program?

Tackling Tobacco helps community services staff to support disadvantaged people to quit smoking.

Tackling Tobacco encourages social and community workers to ask people if they are interested in stopping smoking. The program also helps services to provide a supportive environment for quitting.

How does the program work?

Tackling Tobacco encourages social and community workers to ask people if they are interested in stopping smoking. The program also helps services to provide a supportive environment for quitting.

Some examples of how services have done this include:

  • Providing training for staff, including on tactful ways of   talking about quitting with service users.
  • Having quit-smoking materials in the service and knowing who to refer people to.
  • Running quit-smoking groups – either using a program manual,   or finding a facilitator through a partnership.
  • Supporting consumers to quit smoking via case-management work.
  • Partnering with local doctors and pharmacists who provide help.
  • Introducing designated smoking areas or smoke-free sites.
  • Introducing policies to protect workers from tobacco smoke.

Six ways the Tackling Tobacco Program helps social and community services to address tobacco include:

  • Raising awareness: the Tackling Tobacco Program provides talks about the links between smoking and disadvantage on request.
  • Smoking Care Training: the Tackling Tobacco Program subsidises a free a one-day training course for workers on supporting clients to quit. More than 1,000 workers have taken part so far.
  • Resources: the Tackling Tobacco Program supplies free casework, policy and client resources. We also give pointers to useful resources produced by other organisations.
  • Projects: the Tackling Tobacco Program has provided financial and other support to help more than 80 community welfare organisations to run their own smoking-care projects.
  • Research: the Tackling Tobacco Program offers useful summaries of relevant research and pointers to key research articles.
  • Online support network: the Tackling Tobacco Program provides online support for community workers hosted by HSNet.

If your service is interested in this program, training and resources please read more about the Tackling Tobacco Program here, contact Cancer Council NSW on 13 11 20 or email us at wellbeing@hwns.com.au and we will get in touch.

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Email us at wellbeing@hwns.com.au.


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