Tobacco smoking is the largest cause of preventable illnesses and death in Australia. Smoking causes a range of cancers, as well as heart disease, stroke and emphysema.
Giving up smoking may help you live longer and more actively, with a greater level of wellbeing. The day you quit smoking your body starts to recover and your risk of contracting smoking-related illnesses in the future starts decreasing. It will also help to reduce the risk of shortening the life of those in your immediate environment, such as family, friends and fellow workers, who are also harmed by your smoke.
The good news is that it is never too late to quit smoking. The younger you are, and the sooner you stop the better. Even smokers who quit at the age of 60 can reduce their chance of getting cancer and other diseases.
Quitting smoking can take several attempts. You can follow some simple strategies to help you stop smoking and avoid relapses. Quit courses, counselling and telephone support can provide extra support. Nicotine replacement therapy is available through your pharmacist, or your doctor can prescribe medication to help you quit.
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Where to go for help:
- Your doctor
- Your pharmacist
- Quitline – 13 78 48