It’s a good day to quit smoking

Smokers are being urged to take stock of their health and quit smoking this World No Tobacco Day – 31 May 2017.

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31 May 2017

Smokers are being urged to take stock of their health and quit smoking this World No Tobacco Day – 31 May 2017.

Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Dr David Gillespie said that quitting smoking is one of the most positive actions you can take for you and your family’s health.

“Tobacco remains a leading cause of preventable death and disability in Australia, with smoking estimated to kill almost 19,000 Australians a year and a total annual cost to the nation of $31.5 billion,” Minister Gillespie said.

The Coalition Government continues to sustain world-leading anti-smoking initiatives, including plain packaging, health warnings and numerous health marketing campaigns, including the most recent, Don’t Make Smokes Your Story campaign.

“Such measures have all contributed to reducing the smoking rates substantially over the past decade,” Minister Gillespie said.

“The latest statistics for daily smokers aged 18 and over is 14.7 per cent nationally this is a decrease in rates from 16.3 per cent in 2007 and 22.3 per cent in 2001.

“However, around 39 per cent of Indigenous Australians aged 15 and over are daily smokers, nearly three times the rate for non-Indigenous Australians.

“Smoking is estimated to account for one-in-five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander deaths.

“The Coalition Government is committed to reducing smoking rates and improving the health of all Australians.”

The Don’t Make Smokes Your Story campaign will sponsor the State of Origin Rugby League game on World No Tobacco Day, to emphasise important messages about the dangers of smoking. The campaign also sponsored Dreamtime at the G, the annual football match between Australian Football League clubs Essendon and Richmond in Melbourne on 27 April 2017.

“There are many free support services available to assist smokers to quit. Finding the right method to quit is an important step in any smoker’s quitting journey,” Minister Gillespie said.

Smokers can download the free My QuitBuddy App, call the Quitline to speak confidentially to a counsellor on 13 7848, or visit the Quitnow website.

For more information, contact the Minister's Office on (02) 6277 4960

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