Quit Executive Director Fiona Sharkie said the terrible toll Australia's leading preventable cause of death is taking could be lessened by the formation of a National Preventive Health Agency to co-ordinate a countrywide approach to tackling smoking.
"It's vital we get a preventative approach to health on the agenda, and creating an independent agency such as the National Preventive Health Agency does this."
The bill is scheduled for debate in the House of Representatives today.
"We've already seen the government commit to life-saving measures in the field of tobacco control in the form of a tax increase and plain packaging. A national agency can further build on that, especially by co-ordinating targeted anti-smoking ad campaigns to strengthen the anti-smoking message."
"We have been winning the war on smoking but there is much left to do. 15 thousand people still die every year because of tobacco. The sooner this agency is formed, the sooner we'll have more resources to save even more lives."
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