The government's plain-packaged tobacco reforms are doing their job, according to a recent study conducted by the Department of Health and Ageing.
The study, which involved over 500 smokers, revealed that those purchasing plain-packaged tobacco felt the cigarettes were of a lower quality and less satisfying than they were a year ago (before the reforms were introduced).
They were also more likely to have thought about quitting.
"Smokers have been telling us that our new plain packaging and the larger graphic health warnings are putting them off," said Tanya Plibersek, minister of health, in a July 22 statement.
She added that Australia was the very first country to require that all tobacco products possess plain packaging and bigger graphic health warnings.
"New Zealand and Ireland are now following our lead," she said.
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