Tackling Tobacco - A new program for the ACT

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Cancer Council ACT is very pleased to be a recipient of the ACT Government’s Healthy Canberra Grants: Focus on Reducing Smoking-Related Harm, announced today by Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith MLA today on World No Tobacco Day.

‘Tackling Tobacco in the ACT’ is an integrated program to reduce health and social inequalities by addressing smoking in disadvantaged communities.

As part of the program, Cancer Council ACT will work with identified not-for-profit community sector organisations to increase their capacity to address smoking and to provide clients with support to stop smoking.

Cancer Council ACT CEO, Sandra Turner, says the funding will allow a greater reach to those community groups that have higher smoking rates than the whole of the ACT average.

“The Tackling Tobacco in the ACT program will allow us to enhance our capability to reach smokers in priority populations, by working directly with the agencies that deliver services to these populations in the broader community,” Ms Turner said.

The grant funding over the next three years will allow Cancer Council ACT to broaden its reach by working closely with community service organisations that already have well-established links with their clients, provide trusted and holistic care and may have more points of contact than traditional health services.

WHAT: Health Canberra Grant recipient to run the Tackling Tobacco in the ACT program.

WHEN: Three years of funding to run the program, commencing 2020/21.

WHY: To better reach priority population groups in the ACT who have higher than average smoking rates.

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Contact Details:

Sandra Turner CEO – CCACT - Mobile: 0414 695 632.

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