Smokers butt out over cost
THE cost of cigarettes is the biggest motivator for quitting smoking, data shows.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare research reveals the proportion of smokers motivated to quit by tobacco’s cost has risen from 35.8 per cent to 52 per cent in the past decade.
Smoking rates are at a historical low, but the rate of quitting has slowed. “Tobacco tax works better if complemented by hard-hitting anti-smoking campaigns,” Cancer Council chief Sanchia Aranda says.