Journal article

Legislation to institutionalize resources for tobacco control: the 1987 Victorian Tobacco Act

Ron Borland, Margaret Winstanley, Dorothy Reading

Addiction | WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC | Published : 2009


AIM:   To describe the process surrounding the creation of the first organization in the world to be funded from an earmarked tax on tobacco products, the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth), and to outline briefly its subsequent history. DESCRIPTION: The genesis of VicHealth came from an interest of the Minister for Health in the Victorian State Government to address the tobacco problem, and the strategic capacity of Dr Nigel Gray from the Anti-Cancer Council of Victoria to provide a vehicle and help the government to muster support for its implementation. Success involved working with government to construct a Bill it was happy with and then working with the community to supp..

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Funding Acknowledgements

R.B. has been employed by the ACCV (now known as the Cancer Council Victoria) over the entire period, and has been involved actively in the evaluation of Quit Victoria's programmes over much of that time. He has received substantial research funding from VicHealth in the past. M.W. was employed by ASH (Australia) at the time of the legislation. D.R. was Director of Quit Victoria at the time of the legislation, and subsequently joined the Cancer Council Victoria. She was involved actively in the battle.