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The number of South Aussie smokers running out of puff

HAND MODEL

Local smoker  and hand model, ‘JS’  took up smoking a long time ago,

he’s not sure why, but may butt outsoon, he said.

by S Lowe 5THE FM & WRN

The number of smokers in South Australia is continuing to decline, according to recently released data. Marking World No Tobacco Day today, Health Minister Jack Snelling said the smoking rate for South Australians aged 15 years or older had dropped more than four per cent in the last two years.

“The message is getting through, South Australians are butting out when it comes to smoking,” Mr Snelling said.

“Over the last three years, there has been a concerted effort by both State and Commonwealth Governments to encourage smokers to give up and to protect non-smokers from passive smoking.

“I encourage all smokers to use World No Tobacco Day as an opportunity to think about the impact that smoking is having on their lives and the lives of their families.”

Key new statistics include:

The smoking rate for South Australians aged 15 years or older is now 16.2 per cent, compared to 17.6 per cent in 2011 and 20.5 per cent two years ago;

The proportion of daily smokers aged over 15 years also reduced to 13.9 per cent of the population, compared to 15.2 per cent in 2011;

The biggest improvement in 2012 was in the 45 to 59-year age group, which saw a significant decrease from 21.7 per cent of smokers in 2011 to 17.3 per cent;

The daily smoking rate for younger South Australians aged 15 to 29 has reduced from

17.3 per cent two years ago to 14.8 per cent; and

The number of secondary school students who smoked in the last fortnight has dropped by two-thirds in the last decade.

Around 15,000 Australians die each year from tobacco-related diseases, of which 1140 people are South Australian.

The statistics come from the Health Omnibus Survey and the Australian School Students’ and Alcohol Drugs Survey.

If you need help breaking the habit, call the Quitline on 13QUIT (137 848), visit http://www.quitsa.org.au or talk to your doctor, pharmacist or other health professional.

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