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Survey shows smoking rates decreasing

27 July 2011 - 6:08pm

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released the results of its 2010 National Drug Strategy Household Survey.

Smoking is on the decline, with the percentage of people over the age of 14 who smoke daily dropping from 16.6 to 15.1 per cent since 2007.

People in their 20s through to their 40s are giving up tobacco in larger numbers on average than their older counterparts.

AIHW spokesperson Brent Diverty says: "This continues a downward trend in tobacco use, which is encouraging as tobacco smoking is the single most preventable cause of ill health and death in Australia."

The number of people over 45 who continue to smoke has remained steady.

Australian smoking rates have been on a gradual decline since 1995.

The results come ahead of new regulations that will ban cigarette labels and branding on packets from July 1 2012.

Australia will be the first country to develop plain packaging regulations.

Quitting smoking can make a huge difference in a person's life, yet remains a struggle for many.

For additional support, smokers may want to investigate whether or not their private cover contains optional policies for broader health insurance programs that can assist with quitting smoking.