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Quit Victoria's most recent media releases.
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Plain packaging helping reinforce smoking risks among Aboriginal people


Aboriginal people have a greater understanding of the risks of smoking following the introduction of plain packaging of tobacco in Australia, new research shows.

Tobacco outlets near schools tempt students to light up


Non-smoking students are more inclined to be susceptible to smoking if there is a cluster of retail outlets selling tobacco near their school, prompting Quit Victoria to call for measures to limit cigarette availability.

Butt out for a fresh start in 2016 – but not on January 1


A new year brings a fresh start, and Quit Victoria is encouraging smokers to seize the opportunity to improve their health by butting out for good in 2016. Quit Victoria Director Dr Sarah White said quitting smoking brought immediate benefits, but for the best chance of success, smokers might want to set a quit date outside the holiday period.

Failed legal challenge to plain packaging a victory for health


Quit Victoria welcomes news that Phillip Morris has failed in a legal challenge to Australia’s tobacco plain packaging laws, under a 1993 investment treaty between Australia and Hong Kong.

E-cigarette explosions a wake-up call on unregulated devices


Reports that e-cigarette users in the United States are being seriously injured due to the devices exploding in their faces are a wake-up call, Quit Victoria says.

Teens turn away from smoking, but some still lighting up with help from friends and family


A major survey of Australian teenagers shows that smoking rates are continuing to decline, in an encouraging trend welcomed by Quit Victoria.

Meet the woman whose cancer fight motivated more than 100,000 people to quit


An emotional new Quit Victoria campaign starting this week will introduce Victorians to Terrie Hall – a former cheerleader whose story of smoking-related cancer helped motivate 100,000 people to quit smoking.

Tax increase provides added incentive to kick the habit


A tobacco tax increase to take effect today provides smokers with yet another reason to butt out for good.

Smokefree dining legislation – a welcome breath of fresh air


Quit Victoria welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement today to introduce smokefree outdoor dining across the state by 1 August 2017.

Support program reaping rewards for homeless smokers


An innovative support program has demonstrated that homeless services can help their clients cut down and quit smoking, to deliver health benefits in a group with a very high smoking rate.

Quitting for Ramadan? Why not quit for good?


Quit Victoria has launched a series of radio advertisements in both English and Arabic to encourage those who’ve quit smoking while observing Ramadan to quit for good.

Smokefree prisons a fresh approach for staff and prisoners


New laws requiring Victorian prisons to be completely smoke-free from July 1 will protect the health of staff and prisoners, in a move supported by Quit Victoria and the Australian Medical Association (Victoria).

Young critics to give verdict on anti-smoking ads


QUIT VICTORIA is pleased to launch its popular The Critics’ Choice program in time for World No Tobacco Day today.

Outdoor dining AND drinking the way to go in Victoria


Quit Victoria and Cancer Council Victoria have welcomed the State Opposition’s support for the introduction of smoke-free outdoor dining across the state, but say outdoor drinking areas must also be smoke-free.

30 years of Quit saves half a million Victorians


On the organisation’s 30th birthday, Quit Victoria Director Dr Sarah White said it was frightening to imagine a Victoria in which smoking rates remained unchanged.

Reforms needed to tackle the harms posed by e-cigarettes


Quit Victoria is calling for action to curb the sale and use of e-cigarettes in Victoria to prevent them being used as a lure to hook young people on smoking.