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Could a scheme for licensing smokers work in Australia?

Simon Chapman
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (11): 741-742.
doi:
10.5694/mja13.11016

To the Editor: Magnusson and Currow’s “no-frills” version1 of my proposal for a smokers licence2 places reduction of sales to children as its main goal and removes “non-core” features. Gone are precommitment daily purchasing limits as well as the major financial incentive to surrender the licence by middle age.

Simon Chapman, Professor
School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.
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