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Quit Victoria's most recent media releases.
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Secondhand smoke a home hazard, particularly in apartments


Almost one in five Victorian adults are being exposed to secondhand smoke inside or outside their home and people living in apartments are most likely to be affected, new Cancer Council data show.

Gippsland smokers motivated and planning to quit


Gippsland smokers motivated and planning to quit. Two-thirds of Gippsland smokers intend to quit in the next six months and one-third of them think about quitting every day, new Cancer Council research shows.

Fresh air for Victorians as new smoking laws commence


Victorians will breathe easier while dining outside at cafes and restaurants from tomorrow, as new smokefree laws come into effect across Victoria on August 1.

Lancet study debunks one of the greatest mental health myths


Research just published in the June Lancet Psychiatry 2017 journal has shown physical assaults in a UK psychiatric hospital reduced by 39% when a smokefree policy was introduced and supported with proper clinical treatment of nicotine withdrawal.

Approaching people who are smoking in a non-smoking area


With new smokefree legislation coming in on 1 August and a greater number of places becoming smokefree, we have recently received queries about how to best approach people smoking in areas such as out the front of hospitals, at sporting grounds and in cafes.

Roll-your-own tax rise a welcome step to curb appeal to young people


The Federal Government’s move to increase tax on roll-your-own tobacco is a step in the right direction to deter young people from experimenting and encourage adult smokers to quit, Quit Victoria says.

Roll-your-own on the rise, prompting reality check for smokers


Victorians are consuming fewer cigarettes overall but use of roll-your-own tobacco is increasing, prompting a warning for smokers not to be fooled about its devastating health impact.

Young men urged to stop stalling and quit


Young men are the target of a new Quit campaign, which urges smokers to ditch cigarettes now rather put off quitting until they are older and starting to feel the damage to their health.

Even smokers agree: life’s better if you quit


Three-quarters of Victorian smokers agree that life would be better if they quit smoking, but more than half of those trying to quit did not use any form of proven quitting help, new research shows.

Rural and regional Victorians urged to go smokefree for 2017


Quit Victoria is encouraging rural and regional Victorians to butt out for a fresh start to 2017, as survey results show Victorians living outside Melbourne are more likely to smoke than those living in the metropolitan area.

Smokers think health harms overstated


One in three Victorian smokers believe the dangers of smoking have been exaggerated, Cancer Council research shows.

Health groups welcome new tobacco laws for Victoria


Leading Victorian health groups have welcomed new laws to bring waterpipes into line with other tobacco products, so that smoking them indoors will no longer be permitted from August 1 next year.

Ethnic leaders call on MPs to close waterpipes loophole in Victoria


Leaders from local African and Middle Eastern communities have joined other ethnic groups in calling for MPs to support a proposal before the Victorian Parliament to bring waterpipe use, sale and advertising into line with other tobacco laws.

Cigarette price rise another reason to quit


Quitline is preparing for an influx of calls ahead of a tobacco tax increase today, which will push the current leading brand of cigarettes to more than $26.

E-cigarette ads can trigger an urge to smoke in ex-smokers


Exposure to electronic cigarette advertising may increase former smokers’ desire to start smoking regular cigarettes again, new research has found.

Plain packaging the focus on World No Tobacco Day


World No Tobacco Day is the perfect time to quit smoking, as health groups around the world reflect on the devastating toll of death and disease caused by the addiction.