Smoking message not getting through

SUNRAYSIA smokers aren’t butting out and a new survey reveals regional Australia has a long way to go when it comes to kicking bad habits.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) last week released the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, which showed smoking rates decreased in major cities during 2013, but not in regional areas.

More than 24,000 people were surveyed during the second half of last year. The research also found more than 40 per cent of Australians smoked daily or drank alcohol in ways that put them at risk of harm during the 12-month period.

Worryingly for indigenous Australians, almost one-third of those surveyed smoked every day – a far higher rate than the national average.

Data from the survey is used to improve national health and social outcomes and provide a snapshot of drug use in Australia.

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