Put out the smoke for World No Tobacco Day

THE federal government's National Tobacco Campaign was launched yesterday - World No Tobacco Day.

The campaign targets all smokers, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and people from rural and

remote communities. as well as pregnant women and their partners.

Assistant Minister for Health Senator Fiona Nash said smoking continues to be the single largest preventable cause of premature death and disease in Australia, costing an average $31.5 billion a

year in social (including health) and economic costs.

"Daily smoking rates are at their lowest ever - 12.8 per cent for people 14 years or older down from 17.5 per cent in 2004," she said.



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