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Smoking banned proposed for anyone under 21

Date posted: 12 October 2017

A proposal that smoking should be restricted to those 21 and over has won support from health experts. Professor Sanchia Aranda, CEO of the Cancer Council, is cautiously optimistic about the measures suggested by mining magnate Andrew Forrest.

Professor Aranda referred to national surveys which have indicated that 80% of the 18-24 age demographic have reported never trying a cigarette.

However, 2% of respondents from that age group reported that they are regular smokers, and that addiction to cigarettes lasts until adulthood.

'The critical thing about this measure is whether or not it’s a delay of that first smoke, and if so, does it result in a reduced number of kids taking up that habit in the first place?' Professor Aranda said.

Similar measures are currently being trialled in the United States, but Professor Aranda said there had been no evaluation outcomes of these measures.

According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS) 2016, two-thirds of smokers who are 18 or over are motivated to quit smoking, with 52% citing the rising costs of tobacco products, compared to 44% who cited health reasons.

Source: The Naracoorte Herald

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Last updated: 12 October 2017
 
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