The Central Coast Health Promotion Service has a long history in tobacco control, with early work on smoke-free pubs and clubs, sales to minors and smoking in films.

Recently the tobacco industry acknowledged that smoking is addictive and causes disease, yet the industry still fights steps to reduce smoking rates. Despite a declining smoking rate tobacco smoking is still the greatest single preventable cause of death and disease in Australia.

Smoking rates are known to be higher within lower socio-economic groups. The NSW Tobacco Strategy 2012-2017 identified several key areas including reducing smoking rates in Aboriginal communities, low socio-economic and other disadvantaged groups.

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