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Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin
 

Big step forward in fighting tobacco addiction

Legislation has been passed today in Parliament that will help encourage an estimated 87,000 Australians to quit smoking. Cutting smoking rates is a key part of the Government's plans to deliver better health and better hospitals for all Australian families and to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. On 30 April the excise on tobacco products was increased by 25 per cent through a 12 month order issued by the Government. This legislation has made the change permanent.

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Last updated: 11 October 2010
 
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