As part of the Make Smoking History program, community and health service organisations are guided through a Make Smoking History project.

Each project aims to:

  1. Ensure people accessing community and health services are routinely offered information and support to reduce and quit smoking.
  2. Improve people’s access to healthy smoke-free environments.

An organisational approach is taken to identify strategies across seven priority areas. Each strategy is then tailored to the organisation’s specific needs. Click here to see solutions that organisations are currently using to make smoking history.

Click on each priority area below to find out more.

Comprehensive tobacco policy

A policy sets the project’s long-term goals. The best policies are well thought out, widely consulted and clearly communicated. The implementation and enforcement of a policy increases people’s opportunities to improve their health and wellbeing.

Organisational culture and values

The behavioural norms, attitudes and the shared collective value of an organisation will influence how people engage in and are motivated to achieve the project’s goals. For example, this might involve including a statement that demonstrates that the organisation is a smoke-free environment in staff job advertisements.

Physical environments

The physical environment of an organisation is what supports and helps to change shared culture and values. For example, changes to outdoor settings can encourage socialising in non-smoking areas.

Staff learning and development

Building the capacity and confidence of new and existing staff through ongoing training is an important step towards making smoking history in an organisation.

Organisational process and procedures

Integrating regular opportunities to provide support, information and advice about smoking to both staff and people accessing services ensures that all people are given regular opportunities to improve their health and wellbeing. Examples of ways to do this include:

  • Ensure people accessing community and health services are routinely offered information and support to reduce and quit smoking.
  • Improve people’s access to healthy smoke-free environments.

Monitoring, evaluating and learning

Ongoing evaluation can allow the project to have the greatest impact. This should include collecting data regarding people’s tobacco use as part of existing data collection processes at entry and exit.

Organisational engagement

To successfully create change, the people affected by the project must be involved in the project. Throughout the planning phase, it is imperative to involve all stakeholders. This includes staff, clients, volunteers, contractors and families.

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