Cam­paign tar­gets teens

Townsville Bulletin - - Your Health -

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.

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