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Public awareness campaigns about recreational cannabis: Evidence Check

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Sax Institute

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Honorary Professor
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Ms Amanda McDonald
Project Main Description: 

This Evidence Check forms a background document for the NSW Government public awareness strategy to reinforce the Government’s message that cannabis use is not supported. The goal of the program is to highlight the associated harms and the range of support services available to people who wish to stop using cannabis as well as to reinforce the prevention strategies for cannabis use. 


This Evidence Check on public awareness strategy and awareness campaign aims to address  how to use appropriate communication channels to:

  1. raise public awareness of the health risks and legal consequences associated with cannabis use;  &
  2. to influence individuals’ behaviour and prevent and reduce cannabis use. 
Design and Method: 

A narrative literature review.


This review supports the development of evidence-based policy on cannabis messaging for government public awareness strategies.

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