Tackling Tobacco Queensland

Cancer Council Queensland’s Tackling Tobacco Queensland project aims to support and connect people working with socio-economically disadvantaged communities to address smoking through training, resources and networking opportunities.  

The information and resources available on this page are designed to support social and community service sector staff and clients to quit smoking.

Why socio-economically disadvantaged communities?

Despite significant achievements in the reduction of smoking among the general population, smoking prevalence among many subgroups remains markedly higher. Groups with higher smoking rates include:

  • Low income and unemployed people
  • Single parents
  • People with a mental illness
  • People with alcohol or drug addictions
  • Homeless people or those with poor or unstable housing
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Other socio-economically disadvantaged groups

People from these communities are more likely to die from tobacco-related disease than the general population. Reducing the smoking prevalence among these groups would not only enhance their health but also reduce their financial stress and social deprivation.

Social and community organisations that service socio-economically disadvantaged communities are perfectly placed to support their clients with smoking cessation.

Case study from Mission Australia Goldburn

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Use the Smoking Cessation Pathway

The smoking cessation pathway is a tool to assist staff in the social and community service sector to talk to their clients about smoking. Download the pathway and follow the simple steps to support your clients to quit smoking.

Smoking cessation pathway

If you have any questions about using the smoking cessation pathway email ReducingCancerRisk@cancerqld.org.au 

QUITLINE (13 7848)

The Queensland Quitline is a confidential, evidence based service dedicated to helping people quit smoking. The service provides practical assistance, information and advice tailored to individual needs. Counsellors are available 7am to 10pm, seven days a week.

Quitline has a team of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander counsellors. They also provide services for those who speak a language other than English. Calls from anywhere is Australia cost the price of a local call. Calling from a mobile costs more, however, you can request Quitline to call you back.

Register your organisation for intensive Quit support

If your organisation supports people experiencing disadvantage (such as homelessness, unemployment, economic stress) you can work with Queensland Health to provide access to a free quit smoking program for interested employees and clients. The program is delivered by Queensland’s Quitline service and combines support (delivered over the phone) with nicotine replacement products. For more information, or to register your organisation complete this form and email to 13QUIT-HealthPromotion@health.qld.gov.au.

Creating a supportive environment

A comprehensive smoke-free policy will help your organisation create a supportive environment for staff and clients to quit smoking. Smoke-free environments protect non-smokers from the dangers of second-hand smoke and support smokers who are trying to quit and reduce overall cigarette consumption.

A comprehensive smoke-free policy will include:

  • A rationale for the policy.
  • Details of the locations that are smoke-free and any designated outdoor smoking areas.
  • What smoke-free support is available for staff and clients.
  • A procedure for non-compliance of the policy.

Create a smoke-free environment in your organisation:

Policy Guide

No smoking sign

Fresh air zone sign

Training opportunities

Face to Face training opportunities

Please check here for upcoming face to face opportunities or join Tackling Tobacco Queensland Network. to receive updates on training opportunities.

Tackling Tobacco training expression of interest

If your region or organisation is interested in receiving smoking cessation training, please email ReducingCancerRisk@cancerqld.org.au

Online Training opportunities

QUIT HQ Brief intervention training

Cancer Council NSW Tackling Tobacco Training

Quit Learning Hub

B.strong Brief Intervention Training Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers

Online resources and support

Tackling Tobacco Resources provides a range of resources and online training for the community service sector to reduce smoking related harm in socially-disadvantaged groups in NSW

Quit now is a website that provides information and tools to support people to quit smoking. Detailed information is provided on why and how to quit.

QuitHQ is an interactive website to support people to quit smoking. The website also provides information for health professionals and current smoking laws in Queensland.

Quit Coach is a free interactive website that can help people quit smoking. Quit coach provides strategies to help resist smoking and helps people to understand their addiction.

My QuitBuddy App is a personalised app to help individuals to quit smoking. You can set goals, reasons for quitting, add photos, play games to distract yourself or contact Quitline.

Quit for You – Quit for Two App provides support and encouragement for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, to give up smoking. Provides practical tips, advice and facts about your baby’s development.

QUEST healthy workplace program provides strategies, resources and ongoing support to promote health and wellbeing in your organisation

Further information and support

For further information and support email ReducingCancerRisk@cancerqld.org.au or join the Tackling Tobacco Queensland Network.