A major study has shown that daily smoking rates in Australia have gone down to 12.8% from 15.1% between 2010 and 2013.
Most people are now 16 before smoking their first cigarette, up from 14 in 2010. The study also indicated that 95% of 12–17 year olds have never smoked.
These findings have been linked by public health experts to Australia’s plain packaging laws, which came into force in December 2012.
Several European countries are considering plain packaging laws, with Ireland recently approving a bill to this effect while the UK government is still in negotiations.
France, Turkey and Norway have also shown strong interest in taking similar action.
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