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More quitters over plain-packs

Quit Victoria says plain cigarette packaging is encouraging more smokers to give up the habit.

Sky News27 December 2012



Replay: More quitters over plain-packs

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Images mandated for the packages of cigarettes under plain packaging legislation. Picture: Kym Smith Source: News Limited

QUIT smoking advocates are reporting that images of skeletal Bryan, gangrenous toe and cancerous tongue are prompting people to quit smoking.

Graphic health warnings on plain-packaged cigarettes are having an impact on smokers, with more people indicating they might finally quit the habit, Quit Victoria says.

Quit spokesman Luke Atkin said many smokers had told the organisation they could no longer have a cigarette without thinking about the devastating health effects of smoking.

Mr Atkin said they had also had an increase in calls to the Quitline from smokers who said the new packs were their final push to quit.

Quit is urging more Victorians to use the new plain-packaging as their chance to butt out for good in the new year.

All cigarette packs now sold in Australia must be olive-brown and carry large images of the health effects of smoking.

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