October 16, 2020, 5:39 PM

University of Queensland along with National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in Australia, in a bid to eradicate the menace of cigarette smoking in the country, is exploring new ways for people to kick the butt! Newdaily reported, “The prescription model could mean cigarettes are only available through a doctor’s note, and available from a chemist – but a leading tobacco control scholar says that will never happen.”

People are likely to be made to buy cigarettes with a prescription or from a pharmacy in Australia, which happens to be the global tobacco control leader. “Australia is a global tobacco control leader and has been at the cutting edge of many new policies,” Associate Professor Coral Gartner, CREATE director, told 7News.

The research centre would direct their efforts on identifying an endgame target and the required timeframe to achieve their target. Also, various strategies including reducing the number of tobacco retailers and restricting sales to particular suppliers would also be explored. Also, smoking would be prohibited to people who would be born after a certain year.

"Cigarettes will never go on prescription because there is no medical benefit from getting access to tobacco,” Simon Chapman AO, Emeritus Professor in the School Public Health at the University of Sydney, said. 

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