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New data from the National Drug Strategy Household Survey has revealed another 21,000 people have taken up smoking in the last year bringing the total smoking population to about 2.4 million.

This is the first increase in the number of smokers in a generation in sometime and has  led to politicians and advocates weighing-in on smoking policy reform and whether or not E-Cigarettes containing nicotine should be legalised as an alternative to tobacco cigarettes.

Myles Houlbrook-Walk reports.

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