A new tobacco ‘endgame’ centre hopes to stamp out smoking, with several approaches on the cards including restricting sales to pharmacies and cigarettes on prescription
The Centre for Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame (CREATE) will be based at the University of Queensland (UQ) and involve researchers from 11 institutions in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, with the aim of phasing out smoking for good.
“CREATE’s goal is to determine the optimal mix of strategies that will help Australia become a smoke-free nation and produce a roadmap outlining how we can implement these strategies,” said Centre Director Associate Professor Coral Gartner.
Restricting sales to pharmacies is among a range of endgame strategies have been proposed, some of which have been partially implemented or are under serious consideration in other countries, said A/Professor Gartner. Cigarettes on prescription is another, more restrictive, possible option.
Examples include regulating the content and emissions of tobacco products to make them non-addictive, less palatable, or to remove the most harmful products from the market entirely based on their toxicant profile.
Supply reduction strategies range from reducing the number of tobacco retailers, restricting sales to particular categories of suppliers such as pharmacies, ending sales to everyone born after a certain year, phasing out commercial cigarette sales and regulated markets