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.
On this page you will find information on:
- Why socio-economically disadvantaged communities?
- Join the Tackling Tobacco Queensland Network
- Use the Smoking Cessation Pathway
- Quitline (13 78 48)
- Register your organisation for intensive Quit support
- Creating a supportive environment
- Training opportunities
- Online resourcesÂ and support
- Further information and support
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 Goulburn.
Join the Tackling Tobacco Queensland Network
Register with the Tackling Tobacco Network and receive quarterly newsletters with the latest tobacco news, case studies, education materials and information on smoking cessation and education.
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.
If you have any questions about using the smoking cessation pathway email firstname.lastname@example.org
Quitline (13 78 48)
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 partner with Queensland Health to provide access to a free quit smoking programme for interested clients. The programme 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, email 13QUITHealthPromotion@health.qld.gov.au.
A free quit smoking programme is also available to staff of organisations that support people experiencing disadvantage. Find out more about Workplace Quit Smoking Program
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:
Face to Face training opportunities
Please check here for upcoming face to face training opportunities or to join the Tackling Tobacco Queensland Network to receive updates on training opportunities.
Online training opportunities
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