One in four smokers believe health effects exaggerated

The report, based on surveys conducted annually from 2003 to 2011, shows one in eight of all Victorians in 2011 believed the ill-health effects related to smoking had been overstated.

However, one in four current smokers said they believed the effects were exaggerated.

Despite this, 90% of smokers said they believed there were illnesses that were caused by smoking.

Quit Victoria executive director Fiona Sharkie said the graphic health warnings on cigarette packages had been very successful in educating smokers.

Meanwhile Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek this morning attended an official launch for the new laws which from tomorrow will dictate graphic health warnings on packs increasing in size from 30% to 75% and all packaging to be olive-brown in colour.

With the deadline for the new laws looming, Health Minister Tanya Plibersek yesterday said she was disappointed with what she described as a last ditch "deliberate