Research Article

Legislation for smoking control in Western Australia.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985; 290 doi: (Published 25 May 1985) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1985;290:1562
  1. A W Musk,
  2. R Shean,
  3. S Woodward


    This historical analysis of public issues relating to smoking control in Western Australia examines relevant Western Australian state and Australian federal laws, their introduction, and their consequences. Public and political support and opinion led by the health professions resulted in two attempts to legislate against all forms of cigarette advertising in 1982 and 1983. Both attempts failed, and public support for such measures has been seen to be affected by the campaigns mounted in opposition by the tobacco and advertising industries. Other smoking control measures which have been successfully introduced in 1983 and 1984 are higher tobacco taxes and a comprehensive coordinated public education and information programme. The activities associated with the legislative initiatives resulted in a greatly increased level of community awareness of the dangers of smoking and acceptance of the need for some action on this major health problem.