Selling Tobacco Is Harmful Not Helpful

Selling tobacco anywhere, anytime: Harmful not Helpful

It’s estimated there are 9,597 tobacco retailers in NSW – that’s 5 times as many places to buy tobacco as there are places to buy prescription medications! It’s a problem because we know the retail availability of tobacco affects whether people smoke, how much they smoke and whether they successfully quit.

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We know from community surveys that 91% of the community think that businesses selling tobacco should be licensed. Public health researchers across Australia also agree that retail licensing is the next frontier if we are to reduce smoking-related deaths. Now is the time to put names and faces to that 91% so politicians realise the community cares about this issue and expects them to do something about it.

Join the Cancer Council's “Harmful not Helpful” photo challenge by getting 10 friends or family photographed with a sign asking for action to reduce the temptation of tobacco. Help them reach their target of 9,597 photos (one for every retail outlet!) to highlight the need for action!

They’ll use the photos in a range of ways to promote the campaign and bring more supporters on board (for eg sharing on social media and with the Minister for Health as a photo petition).

JOIN THE “HARMFUL NOT HELPFUL” PHOTO CHALLENGE. IT’S EASY…

  1. Download and print a colour copy of the sign.[DOWNLOAD PDF|320kb]
  2. Find friends or family who are happy to express their support.
  3. Have them PRINT their name on the sign, and then take their photo (on the reverse of the sign is information about how they'll use their photo).
  4. Email the photos to the Cancer Council at harmfulnothelpful@nswcc.org.au including your name and contact details.
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