It’s time to make a Deadly Choice and quit smoking.
Going smoke-free is a Deadly Choice – why?
- Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals – including at least 60 that we know cause cancer.
- There are approx. 19,000 smoking related deaths each year, and smoking tobacco is the largest single preventable cause of death and disease in Australia.
- 41% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples smoke compared to 13% of the Australian population.
- Tobacco smoking is the largest single preventable cause of death and disease in Australia.
- Smoking is expensive. If you smoke 1 pack of cigarettes a day you’ll spend about $10,000 per year!
Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals – including more than 70 of which are known to cause cancer.
It's time to make the Deadly Choice to quit smoking.
- Smoking leads to cancers, coronary heart disease, respiratory diseases, strokes, and a range of other serious health conditions.
- Pack-a-day smoking costs over $10,000 per year!
- Smoking is the main cause of preventable deaths in Australia, causing about 15,000 deaths annually and costing Australia $31.5 billion in social and economic costs.
- Approximately 39% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over the age of 15 are current daily smokers.
- Smoking causes 20% of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adult deaths.
- Tobacco kills approximately half the people that use it.
- Second hand smoke kills. No ventilation or filtration system can reduce tobacco smoke exposure inside houses and cars to an acceptable level. Only completely smoke-free environments are safe.
- There are immediate and long-term health benefits as soon as you quit smoking.
- Within 2-5 years of quitting, your risk of heart attack and stroke drop significantly.
- Quitting before you’re 30 reduces your risk of lung cancer by 90%, compared to someone who smokes throughout their life.
Benefits of quitting smoking
There are so many benefits to quitting smoking, including
- Decreased heart risks
- Thinner blood, meaning decreased risk of developing blood clots
- Lower cholesterol
- Regrowth of lung cilia, helping fight off infections such as colds
- Prevention of new DNA damage
- Return to normal white blood cell count
- Improvement in blood flow, allowing minerals, nutrients and oxygen to reach wounds more quickly to help them heal properly
- Stronger immune system, muscles, and bones
- Better vision
- Clean mouth
- Sharper hearing
- Clean skin.
You aren’t alone in your quit journey. There are a range of places you can get professional help to complement your support.
There are so many myths about quitting smoking and Nicotine Replacement Therapy – how many have you heard?!