02 December 2013
From today, the tax on cigarettes will rise by 12.5 per cent each year for four years, prompting Cancer Council SA to remind South Australians that there is no better time to quit smoking.
While smoking rates have declined over the past decade, there are still large geographical areas around the state where rates are high and previous price increases have proven effective in encouraging people to kick the habit.
Cancer Council SA General Manager, Cancer Control, Dr Marion Eckert said that every cigarette contains a deadly cocktail of chemicals which lead to serious health issues.
“It’s never too late to give up smoking and with these latest tax increases, it is becoming an increasingly expensive habit,” Dr Eckert said.
“Smoking kills one in two long term users which is why it’s so important to encourage smokers to quit and also deter young people from taking up the deadly habit.
“We know price increases help drive down smoking rates, which in addition to saving lives will ease the burden on our health system.
"The financial burden of smoking has a particular impact in disadvantaged communities where smoking prevalence is much higher than the general population - including people with a mental illness, those on a low income and in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
“We know that price increases are one of the most effective ways of encouraging people to quit, with the volume of incoming calls to the Quitline increasing significantly when previous price hikes have been implemented. We are confident we will see this trend continue, with more people taking action to quit smoking in the coming weeks and into the new year.
“Calling Quitline is one of the best things people can do if they want support with quitting smoking, independent research shows that people who use the Quitline are twice as likely to succeed with their quit attempts.”
Anyone wanting advice on how to quit smoking should call the Quitline on 13 7848 or visit www.quitsa.org.au.