A Fresh Look At Quitting
You have no doubt seen many advertisements about quitting smoking, but here is one from Thailand that is a little different:
Did you know…
- Smoking harms nearly every organ in the body;
- Smoking is the biggest cause of disease in Australia; and
- Smoking increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, lung cancer, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, bladder cancer, leukaemia, cervical cancer, colorectal cancer, oesophageal cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, laryngeal cancer, stomach cancer, diabetes, male infertility, cataracts, rheumatoid arthritis… and the list goes on.
To Quit Or Not To Quit
There are many benefits of quitting. For a start, if you smoke a pack a day then you can save over $4,000 a year by quitting (National Heart Foundation, 2012). There are also many health benefits to quitting. The table below lists just some of them.
Benefits of quitting smoking
If your mind is open to the possibility of quitting then help is available. Here are some good ways to get information and find out more about your options:
- Call Quitline on 13-QUIT (137 848) and ask to speak to an advisor. They are available 24/7 and have lots of experience with helping people to quit smoking. This service is operated by the Queensland Government;
- Visit the Australian Government Quit Now website: www.quitnow.gov.au – it is an excellent resource with plenty of information on the benefits of quitting, how to quit, and what to do if you are having trouble quitting; or
- Speak to your doctor about the benefits of quitting and the options available to help you quit.
- Australian Government 2012, Benefits of Quitting, accessed 25 Feb 2014.
- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) 2013, Tobacco Smoking, accessed 16 Feb 2014.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2014, Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking, accessed 16 Feb 2014.
- National Heart Foundation 2012, Tobacco Fact Sheet, accessed 25 Feb 2014.