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Tue, 5 Jun 2018

Smokers wanted

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A researcher who found that graphic warnings on cigarette packets are starting to lose their effect is now looking to survey smokers about what health warnings might deter them from lighting up.

James Cook University’s Aaron Drovandi has already surveyed more than 1500 people, including both smokers and non-smokers, for his PhD research project, Perceptions of Australians on Tobacco Packaging and Health Warnings.

He has investigated how people respond to the current shock advertising tactics through a range of research methods: online questionnaires, phone and face-to-face interviews, as well as focus groups. Research participants included the wider community, pharmacists, university students, and 150 high school students in Townsville, Rockhampton and Brisbane. (Link to previous release here).

Mr Drovandi said this is the final survey before he submits his thesis later this year.

He plans to share his research with the Cancer Council and Lung Foundation Australia.

“Hopefully, my findings will stimulate discussion on new ways to educate people about the hazards of tobacco use,” he said.

The online survey will take 8-10 minutes.

Participants can provide their email address to go into the draw to win one of the twenty $20 Bunnings e-gift vouchers available.

If you would like to take part, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AusSmokers


Mr. Aaron Drovandi
E: aaron.drovandi@jcu.edu.au
P: 07 4781 3437