The end of cigarettes?

There’s a very interesting letter in the MJA, describing a survey undertaken by the Cancer Council Victoria. They asked 2,774 people if they’d favour phasing out cigarette sales. They found support for phasing out sales of cigarettes in retail outlets from:

  • 52.8% of all respondents
  • 31.7% of smokers participating
  • 53.8% of respondents under 30
  • 53.4% of respondents over 50 .

It’s important to note that while more than half the respondents might be receptive to phasing out cigarette sales, this might actually be lower than it was twelve years ago .


Hayes, L., Wakefield, M. A., & Scollo, M. M. (2014). Public opinion about ending the sale of tobacco in Australia. Tobacco Control, 23(2), 183–184.
Brennan, E., Durkin, S., Scollo, M. M., Swanson, M., & Wakefield, M. (2021). Public support for phasing out the sale of cigarettes in Australia. Medical Journal of Australia, Online first.