JT steps in to snuff out smokes
IT was the 320kmh call from a billionaire on a bullet train that convinced rugby league’s greatest player to become an anti-tobacco crusader.
Mining magnate Andrew “Twiggy’’ Forrest was rocketing towards Tokyo on a highspeed train when he called Johnathan Thurston to ask the North Queensland Cowboys captain to spearhead his push to have the legal age of smoking raised to 21.
The Sunday Herald Sun can reveal the NRL legend will today be announced as the face of Australia’s sixth-richest man’s anti-smoking campaign following the bizarre 15-minute international call.
“I was actually a little bit in awe when he called,’’ Thurston said. “I am aware of his charity work and I know he supports some incredible causes, especially when it comes to the indigenous community, so I was certainly happy to be having a chat with him.’’
Mr Forrest, who is challenging all state politicians to lift the smoking age, said his Tobacco 21 campaign was aimed at breaking the business model of tobacco companies, which target the 17-20 age group that is most likely to be swayed by peer pressure.