Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

ARE you a smoker? I’m not. I just can’t get my head around why you would want to suck in that thick black tar that’s on all the ad­ver­tise­ments. Good thing I am not be­cause new re­search from the Aus­tralian Na­tional Uni­ver­sity and Sax In­sti­tute shows that cam­paigns need to be in­ten­si­fied to re­duce smok­ing. Aus­tralian Coun­cil on Smok­ing and Health pres­i­dent Mike Daube said the re­port showed two-thirds of Aus­tralians who smoked were likely to die be­cause they did. If any­thing else caused that death toll it would be seen as a na­tional catas­tro­phe, he said. Public Health As­so­ci­a­tion of Australia chief ex­ec­u­tive Michael Moore said: “The con­clu­sion is clear. We must do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to en­cour­age smok­ers to quit, and to quit now. We can­not stand by and see yet more gen­er­a­tions of Aus­tralians dy­ing, of­ten painful deaths, be­cause they smoked.” Next time you take a ciggy out, think about that.

Su­sanne Reilly - Re­porter

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