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Poll shows support for law changes to cut tobacco-related deaths

Date posted: 28 November 2017

More than 75 per cent of Queensland (Qld) constituents say they support a push to increase the age of purchase for cigarettes from 18 to 21 as part of a plan to reduce tobacco-related deaths.

The Galaxy polling conducted across four Qld electorates showed high support for the age law changes, with 75 per cent of people saying they would like to see the change implemented.

North Queensland Cowboys Captain, Johnathan Thurston, is the face of the campaign. 

'The driving force behind me being in this campaign is I’ve got three young daughters and I want the state governments to take the initiative and raise the age for buying cigarettes from 18 to 21. I’m hopeful that my kids, when they grow older, will never have to be around smoking,' said Mr Thurston.

I’m alarmed that for my culture, indigenous Australians, it’s nearly double the national average out there smoking. I want our culture to be around for many years to come and I know that tobacco is a big issue in our communities and it’s killing our indigenous Australians,' he said.

Source: The Courier Mail

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Last updated: 28 November 2017
 
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