A leading health campaigner has suggested that in order to decrease the adult smoking rates and associated mortality rate, it is advisable that WA should cut short retailers that have been granted the license to market tobacco.
According to figures revealed by Health Department, for every 450 adults, a cigarette can be obtained from the 4,000 outlets run, which sell cigarettes.
The Head of Australia's Council on Smoking and Health, Mike Daube recommended that within the next five years, the number of such outlets should be lowered to fewer than 1,000.
Further, he asserted that government needs to emerge as a strong entity in tackling the conditions and considering the issue.
He said, "A few hundred around the state is reasonable while there's still a bit of smoking going on. Taking out something like 10% of 4,000 each year, then the smoker wouldn't notice a dramatic difference".
Further, he emphasized that such a kind of approach was required to help WA overcome the condition.
Recently, Australia implemented a strict law which banned the tobacco industry from making their cigarette packages look colorful and attractive. All packages will now be introduced in olive green and will also be including warnings regarding the ill-effects of smoking on health.
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