Anti-smoking apps downloaded more than 60,000 times

TWO smartphone applications that can help smokers kick the habit have been downloaded more than 60,000 times since being released online last year.

The apps, called Quit Now: My Quit Buddy and Quit for You, Quit for Two, were just some of the tools in the Federal Government's fight against tobacco.

Health Minister Tanya Plibersek said on Thursday another round of anti-smoking advertisements would also hit television screens this week.

She said the advertisements would help those smokers who made a New Year's resolution to quit in 2013.

And a little more than a month after the government's plain packaging laws came into effect, 15 complaints have been made against retailers.

Ms Plibersek said the Health Department was investigating all complaints, and had already found some to be unsubstantiated.

Those retailers which were not up to date on the new laws were sent warnings and education packs, as non-complaint people can face fines up to $220,000.

 

The apps are available here:



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