Smokers would be made to buy cigarettes with a prescription or at a pharmacy if a new plan to phase-out smoking gets the green light.

The idea is one of a few being looked at by a new centre at the University of Queensland which is aiming to help Australia become a smoke-free nation.

“Australia’s smoking prevalence is just under 15 per cent, but we will need a well-designed endgame strategy if we are to achieve close to zero smoking,” The Director for the Centre for Research Excellence on Achieving the Tobacco Endgame, Associate Professor Coral Gartner told 7News.

Other strategies to be explored by the centre include:

  • Reducing the number of tobacco retailers
  • Restricting sales to particular suppliers
  • Ending sales to anyone born after a certain year
  • Phasing-out commercial cigarette sales