Smoke Free

Health promotion action to prevent smoking related-harm in our community


Smoke Free


Tobacco smoking is the most preventable cause of illness and death in Australia.

Two in three long term smokers will die from a disease caused by their smoking

The WSLHD Tobacco Control program works to improve the health of the people in Western Sydney by reducing the community’s exposure to all forms of tobacco. This includes tobacco from smoking cigarettes, waterpipe smoking, chewable forms of tobacco and other products containing nicotine.

Our staff work on a range of tobacco control strategies that aim to:

  1. Promote the benefits of never taking up smoking.
  2. Create smoke-free environments to prevent exposure to harmful second-hand smoke.
  3. Support people to quit smoking.
  4. Improve the ability of health professionals and organisations to work on tobacco control.

Are you looking for information and support about quitting smoking?

See the NSW Health and NSW Cancer Institute website to:

  • Calculate how much money you could save by quitting smoking
  • Read and share stories with the iCanQuit Community
  • Learn about quitting methods
  • Make contact with quit smoking experts at the Quitline

Quit smoking support services in western Sydney

Mount Druitt Community Health Centre

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T: (02) 9881 1200


Marrin Weejali Aboriginal Corporation

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T: (02) 9628 3031


Your local General Practice or Pharmacy

Want to know more about the places protected from smoking by NSW legislation?


In NSW, there are many smoke-free public spaces. They protect the community from exposure to harmful secondhand smoke. These places include:

  • Playgrounds
  • Dining – indoor and outdoor
  • Entries and exits to public buildings
  • Public transport
  • Sporting events

See the NSW Health website for more details about where people cannot smoke


Example of Tobacco Control’s work in Western Sydney

Aboriginal Smoke-free home campaign

Why is it important?

Our research found Aboriginal mothers in Western Sydney wanted to do more to protect their family from breathing in cigarette smoke near the home. This is also known as 'passive smoking'.

Even though some people may smoke only in one room inside a home, or right outside an open door or window, they considered their home to be ‘smoke free’. Many people are not aware that cigarette smoke drifts and can be harmful when breathed in.

What did we do?

We worked with our local Aboriginal community to develop a “Smoke-free home” campaign. We involved pregnant or young mothers, Aboriginal staff and local Aboriginal health organisations.

The campaign aimed to reduce smoking around the home to prevent exposure to passive smoke. A 45-second cartoon highlighted three main messages, including:

  • Don’t smoke close to the home
  • Smoke drifts further than you think
  • Your smoke harms others.

Watch the Smoke-free home cartoon

How did we share the Smoke-free at home message?

Local Aboriginal community members shared the cartoon with family and friends via social media. Local organisations also shared the cartoon on their social media pages and websites.

The cartoon screened in cinemas and GP waiting rooms in Blacktown, Mount Druitt and Parramatta. Smoke-free home posters were also displayed on local buses, at train and bus stops and in Aboriginal community health centres. The campaign ran between December 2019 to October 2020.

Vickie Thomson (Aboriginal Health Worker) shares her thoughts about the campaign

aboriginal community smoke freeHow can you help?

Join others and help share the smoke-free messages to your Aboriginal community!

The cartoon, posters and character images are free to use! Share with your friends and family on social media!

Get in touch with the Tobacco Control team on 9840 3603.


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Sharing the Smoke-free home message on a Blacktown and Mount Druitt bus route.

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Poster on display at Blacktown Station.

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Many people in our community can contribute to reducing the harms of smoking in western Sydney.

The WSLHD Tobacco Control team can support health professionals, organisations and community groups with a wide range of strategies to create smoke-free environments or improve smoking cessation services. If you would like more information about improving tobacco control in your community, please contact the WSLHD Centre for Population Health.

Population Health Services


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Gungurra, Building 68, Cumberland Hospital Campus Fleet Street, North Parramatta New South Wales

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T: (02) 9840 3603
F: (02) 9840 3608

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Locked Bag 7118,  Parramatta BC 2124

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Hours of Service: Monday to Friday 8.30am - 5pm