Last updated August 2012

An official medical view on smoking, and where to next:

Tobacco Policy: Using evidence for better outcomes

Report of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and

The Royal Australasian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists


released in Wellington and Sydney in June 2005.

The RACP and RANZCP represent the 6000 physicians and psychiatrists of Australia and New Zealand, who daily treat, but can seldom cure, the diseases and addiction caused by cigarette smoking.

This landmark document emphasises the need for governments to act, the needs of vulnerable populations, the needs of those seriously addicted to tobacco, the need for smoking cessation services, and the need to consider alternatives for smokers unwilling or unable to quit smoking.

Read the full policy document at:

Dr Laugesen, a fellow of the RACP, was a member of the working party which wrote this document.

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