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RACGP’s Bold Proposal To Reduce Smoking Rates

Australia has made a lot of progress tackling smoking rates with daily smoking nearly halved from 24% in 1991 to 12.8% in 2013. But since then that rate of decline has slowed down, a reminder that there’s still a ways to go. There’s no better figure than 0%, right?

Well just recently, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners released a bold new proposal aimed at improving the services which help smokers quit. Overall, they recommend greater flexibility in how such therapies are prescribed. It’s part of their updated guide for health professionals with the hopes that it’ll make the goals of the National Tobacco Strategy a reality.

To talk to us about this proposal, The Daily was joined by Professor Nick Zwar, Chair of the Expert Advisory Group behind the guide.

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