It was World No Smoking Day on this day in 1988, and even new-born babies were supporting the cause.
The ACT Cancer Society had handed out tiny T-shirts for new borns at Calvary Hospital to wear, with the words "Brand new non-smoker!" across the front.
The World Health Organisation had declared April 7 as World No Smoking Day, to draw attention to "one of the world's single biggest preventable health problems".
The executive director of Action on Smoking and Health, Mr Stephen Woodward, said the federal government was doing little to discourage young smokers.
An analysis of a survey of school children showed that kids between the ages of 12 to 15 years "contributed 10 times more money in the form of tobacco taxes to federal and state governments than those governments spent on programs designed to reduce smoking".
It was revealed that the tobacco revenue of school children was $30 million a year.
WHO hoped their World No Smoking Day would see advertisers and manufacturers halt the publicising, advertising and sales of tobacco for the day, as well as governments taking action to encourage people to stop smoking.
The future generations around Australia were on board with the cause, with about 1000 new-born babies donning their anti-smoking T-shirts.
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