BALI BECKONS: Ana Raines is looking to give up smoking after the latest price rise.
BALI BECKONS: Ana Raines is looking to give up smoking after the latest price rise. Warren Lynam

Price rise means habit could go up in smoke

SMOKERS have another good reason to quit the habit - it's a lot more expensive.

A pack of ciggies will cost up to $2.81 more after the tobacco excise rose 12.5% nationally yesterday.

For Maroochydore's Ana Raines, it was the final push she needed to give up.

Ms Raines picked up her first cigarette as a 15-year-old at school. Fourteen years later and it is a decision she regrets.

She tried hypnotherapy to help her quit once before.

Working out that the amount she spent on her seven ciggies a day could fund a trip to Bali was a far greater incentive to kick the habit.

"It's already really expensive, I was paying $22 a box before the price went up," she said.

The Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift welcomed the price increase, saying price was the "most effective public health measure to bring down smoking rates".

"Research shows the tobacco excise increase in 2010 caused smoking rates to decline by about 11%," Ms Clift said.

Cancer Council Queensland again urged the State Government to continue effective quit smoking measures by introducing new laws creating designated smoke-free public places across Queensland.

"We need strong action on smoking to continue to save the lives of Queenslanders," Ms Clift said.

It's estimated around 3400 Queenslanders will die from a tobacco-related disease each year.

About 300 of these deaths are caused by second-hand smoke exposure.