Thursday May 31st is World No Tobacco Day.
Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death. The global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are people exposed to second-hand smoke. Unless we act, it will kill up to 8 million people by 2030, of which more than 80% will live in low- and middle-income countries.
Why not take this opportunity to Quit?
Quitting at age 50 halves your risk of smoking-related death, but quitting by age 30 avoids almost all of the excess risk. Stopping at age 60, 50, 40 or 30 can result in gains, respectively, of about three, six, nine, or 10 years of life expectancy.
Quitline is a telephone service available to smokers who want to quit. Call the Quitline on 13 7848.
· Call the Quitline from anywhere in Australia for the cost of a local call (except for mobile phones – normal charges apply).
· Quitline is confidential – there is no need to give your name if you don't want to
· Quitline is staffed by friendly professional advisors who are there to help you. They have a great deal of experience and have helped thousands of Australians to quit. They know how hard it can be to quit smoking and are never judgemental about people who smoke
· When you ring Quitline ask for a Quit Pack to be sent free of charge. You can obtain a free Quit Pack by calling the Quitline on 13 7848 to order a Quit Pack over the phone. In the Quit Pack you will find
o The Quit book – will help with planning and preparing to quit and provide tips and strategies for quitting successfully
o Choosing the best way to quit – a guide to choosing the services and products which would best help you increase your chance of quitting successfully
o Information on how you can speak to a Quit advisor
o A handy wallet card with tips to cope with cravings
o Information on ordering the Ten Steps to Quit for Good DVD/video and Ten Good Ways of Relaxing CD
· Quitline is available from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday
If you are thinking about quitting, or even if you’re not ready yet but want some more information, call the Quitline to speak with an advisor to find out what kind of help is available.
For more information visit the Quit Now Website.