New target for Australia to quit smoking

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Health Minister Greg Hunt used his Press Club address to set a new target aimed at getting more Australians to quit smoking or not take up the habit at all.

Without providing much detail on how it will be achieved, the new ambitious goal can only be achieved by working with health professionals, he said.

“The Government will set a new target of reducing smoking rates below ten per cent by 2025,” Mr Hunt said.

“This may be one of the most important things I’ve ever had the privilege of being involved with.

“We’ve already committed $20 million to the education campaign. But there is more to be done and we will develop that with the health and medical and preventive health sectors.”

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