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Tob Control 18:235-237 doi:10.1136/tc.2008.028290
  • Brief report

Impact on the Australian Quitline of new graphic cigarette pack warnings including the Quitline number

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  1. C L Miller1,2,
  2. D J Hill3,
  3. P G Quester4,
  4. J E Hiller2
  1. 1
    The Cancer Council South Australia, Eastwood, South Australia, Australia
  2. 2
    Discipline of Public Health, School of Population Health and Clinical Practice, University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  3. 3
    The Cancer Council Victoria, Victoria, Australia
  4. 4
    Business School, University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
  1. C Miller, The Cancer Council South Australia, PO Box 929, UNLEY BC SA 5061, Australia; cmiller{at}cancersa.org.au
  • Received 27 October 2008
  • Accepted 29 January 2009
  • Published Online First 11 February 2009

Abstract

Background: In March 2006, Australia introduced graphic pictorial warnings on cigarette packets. For the first time, packs include the Quitline number.

Objective: To measure the combined effect of graphic cigarette pack warnings and printing the Quitline number on packs on calls to the Australian Quitline service.

Methods: Calls to the Australian Quitline were monitored over 4 years, 2 years before and after the new packets were introduced.

Results: There were twice as many calls to the Quitline in 2006 (the year of introduction), as there were in each of the preceding 2 years. The observed increase in calls exceeds that explained by the accompanying television advertising alone. While call volume tapered back in 2007, it remained at a level higher than before the introduction of new packets. No change was observed in the proportion of first time callers.

Conclusion: Introducing graphic cigarette packet warnings and the Quitline number on cigarette packets boosts demand for Quitline services, with likely flow on effects to cessation.

Footnotes

  • Funding: This study was funded by the Cancer Council South Australia.

  • Competing interests: None.

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