Campaign targets teens
THE Federal Government has singled out teenagers in its latest anti-smoking campaign, putting $25 million into advertising to warn youngsters off the habit.
Around 45,000 Australian teenagers will start smoking in 2007 and about half of them will die from smoking-related diseases, parliamentary secretary for health Christopher Pyne said.
The most recent figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare are positive, with the rate for those aged over 14 who smoke daily falling 1.1 per cent.
But Mr Pyne warned against complacency, with smoking killing more than 19,000 Australians each year.