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We are pleased to provide a submission supporting the continuation and strengthening of the Tobacco Control Regulations in Australia. Since the introduction of the Tobacco Control Regulations in the early 1990s, Australia has taken significant steps to reduce smoking and minimise the long-term health risks associated with tobacco. Prevention and cessation of smoking has been a remarkable public health achievement in Australia, which CHF believes is attributed to the regulatory and population based approach of the Tobacco Control Regulations. Despite the progress that has been made, 1 in 8 Australians still smoke daily, over 15,000 Australians die from tobacco-related causes each year, and an estimated 20% of the nation’s cancer deaths each year is caused by smoking. At a minimum, we recommend maintaining current regulations such as mandatory health warnings and would strongly encourage renewed efforts to stop and reduce tobacco smoking and for this review to ensure regulations and compliance processes are future-proofed.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Consumers Health Forum