Recent reports revealed that Victoria has shown a significant downfall in its smoking rates. Head of the state's cancer council has confirmed that soon the state will experience a smoke-free environment.
Cancer council Victoria Chief Executive Todd Harper confirmed that the restrictions on use of tobacco, stricter rules and regulations and several campaigns highlighting the ill-effects of smoking and tobacco have been behind the lowering in the smoking rates in the state.
Statistical reports suggest that for the first time ever, the smoking rates of the state are less than 15%. Nevertheless, 70% of the residents of the state aged between 18 and 29 have never indulged in smoking.
In 2011, the council published a smoking prevalence and consumption report, which suggested that information regarding the hazards related to smoking spread like wild wire to all communities and groups.
A survey conclusion were even released, which remarked that 50% of Victorian adults, aged below 50, admitted that they had never smoked. However, the reports highlighted that men still smoked more commonly, in comparison to women.
Quit Victoria's Executive Director Fiona Sharpie said, "Despite the progress, the organization would continue to "work ourselves out of a job" in a bid to see more Victorians butt out".
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