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Greater urgency needed to reduce smoking, lung cancer rates: experts

Quit Victoria says a reversal in the declining funding for powerful mass media campaigns and broader smokefree policies are essential for reducing smoking rates and preventing more Victorians from dying from lung cancer.

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Posted 19 Jan, 2018

8 in 10 Victorian smokers want to quit: survey

Make a plan to quit in New Year for best chance of success

Media release

Posted 8 Jan, 2018

Half of young smokers incorrectly think roll-your-own cigarettes are less dangerous: survey

An alarming new survey from Quit Victoria has revealed that almost 1 in 2 Victorian smokers aged 18-29 think roll-your-own cigarettes are less harmful than traditional factory made cigarettes.

Media release

Posted 13 Dec, 2017

1 in 3 Victorians breathe in toxic secondhand smoke at work

More than one in three Victorian workers are being regularly exposed to deadly secondhand tobacco smoke while doing their job, new survey data from Quit Victoria reveals.

Media release

Posted 6 Dec, 2017

“Terrie’s Tips” sweeps the votes in the 2017 Critics’ Choice Program

The hard-hitting Terrie’s Tips television advertisement, which provides tips from a deceased former smoker, has proven to be the most popular anti-smoking public education campaign among Australian students.

Media release

Posted 6 Dec, 2017

Gippsland Pioneers Australian-first Approach to Tackle Smoking

Today Gippsland PHN is unveiling an Australian-first approach to smoking cessation that brings together comprehensive training and a redesigned care pathway to provide the Latrobe Valley community with consistent quitting advice and help when they visit their GP and other health professionals.

Media release

Posted 9 Oct, 2017

New campaign invites Aboriginal smokers to yarn about quitting

A new Quit campaign to air in Shepparton over the next seven weeks will encourage smokers to have a yarn about quitting with an Aboriginal Quit Specialist.


Posted 17 Sep, 2017

Quit smoking and dodge the flu

Smokers have a higher risk of being hospitalised due to flu, a new study has shown, as Victoria continues to feel the effects of a particularly bad flu season.

Posted 14 Sep, 2017

New website gives quitters the best chance of success

Providing practical advice to smokers wanting to quit, no matter where they are at in their quitting journey, is at the heart of a new Quit Victoria website launching today

Posted 4 Sep, 2017

Tobacco price rise a great reason to quit

Today’s tobacco tax increase will be the final encouragement that many smokers need to quit, bringing the current leading brand of cigarettes to about $30 and a 25g pouch of roll-your own tobacco to about $31.

Media release

Posted 31 Aug, 2017

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.

Posted 28 Aug, 2017

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.

Posted 24 Aug, 2017

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.

Media release

Posted 31 Jul, 2017

Lancet study debunks one of the greatest mental health myths

Research 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.

Media release

Posted 28 Jun, 2017

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.


Posted 9 Jun, 2017