MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign a nationwide smoking ban bill in October – sources say the bill is awaiting his signature which could come any day soon.
TERRITORIANS are worse than any other state or territory at butting out the cigarettes.
A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare revealed the amount of Territorians who smoked had declined in recent years, but not nearly as much as other jurisdictions.
The report, which provided a snapshot of where the National Tobacco Strategy 2012- 2018 is currently at, showed significant declines for people aged 18 to 54 in all household types and in all states — except the NT.
Similarly, a lower proportion of indigenous adults reported smoking daily in all states and territories between 2008 and 2012-13, except in the NT which was the only part of Australia to report a slight rise in the number of indigenous smokers.
According to the report, 16.1 per cent of indigenous children aged under 14 lived with a daily smoker who lit up inside the home — a significant decline from 21 per cent in the 2008 report.
Figures also highlighted a continued high rate of smoking by pregnant women, with the amount of women sucking ciggies during the first 20 weeks of pregnancy declining by only 9.5 per cent in NT compared to the ACT down 36 per cent and Tasmania 26 per cent.
Hypnotherapist Peter Zapfella is based in Perth, but said he had travelled to Darwin every month for the last five years to keep up with the demand from people seeking hypnotherapy to quit.
“The number one reason for quitting is health reasons,” he said. “The second is family and children because they want to be around to see their children grow up, and the other is to be a good role model.
“The poorest reason of all is financial because the price of cigarettes is going up but any addict will always find the money and will go without other things to get cigarettes.
“It’s because they know that when they stop smoking they feel better within days and in only a couple of weeks they feel more energetic and can smell and taste better.”
He said the amount of people seeking help to quit smoking had stayed steady while there was an obvious increase in those looking for treatment for other addictions like marijuana, methamphetamines and alcohol. Source: NT News Friday 30th September 2016.
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