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Extra Quitline funding will go a long way in light of tax rise

Wednesday 5 May, 2010

Quit has warmly welcomed the Victorian government's budget announcement of $4.2 million over five years to enhance Quitline services.

Quit Support Programs Manager Luke Atkin said the money was especially important after last week's tax increase on cigarettes.

"We know that price rises are a great motivator for smokers to quit, but many of those smokers wanting to give up will need support along the way."

"This funding means Quitline will soon be even better equipped to deal with calls from those wanting to quit smoking, and will be able to improve upon the great support already on offer."

After last week's tobacco excise announcement, calls have approximately doubled to Quitline.

This $4.2 million funding boost will amount to more counsellors and a tailored approach for high smoking populations - such as people with mental illness, Aboriginal people and those from lower income groups.

"We know that people who receive coaching support are twice as likely to have a successful quit attempt than those quitting alone," Mr Atkin said.

"Quitline counsellors are trained to support smokers from all walks of life through their quitting journey. I'd recommend all smokers wanting to give up the habit to give it a try."

Quitline is a confidential telephone service providing information, counselling, support and advice for smokers (and their families) to quit smoking.

The Quitline number is 13 QUIT or 13 7848.