Impact on the Australian Quitline of new graphic cigarette pack warnings including the Quitline number.
CL Miller, DJ Hill, PG Quester, JE Hiller
Tob Control | Published : 2009
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 ..View full abstract