Cancer Council’s quitting smoking recommendations:
- Quitting smoking will reduce your cancer risk greatly
- Set yourself up for success by setting a quit date [January 1st]
- Seek support from family and friends
- Change up your routine and avoid situations where you’re tempted to smoke
- For more quitting strategies and support:
- call the Quitline on 13 78 48
- visit iCanQuit.com.au
- download the MyQuitBuddy app
- speak to a GP or other health professional about stop smoking medications and other supports
- Consider using nicotine replacement therapy (e.g. patches, gum, mouth spray) especially if you:
- smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day
- have your first cigarette within 30 minutes of waking up
- have experienced strong withdrawal symptoms in the past
The longer you stay quit the more benefits you will experience! Keep up the great work into February, March and the rest of the year!
Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do to reduce your cancer risk. Smoking causes 16 different cancers and is also linked to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases including heart disease, stroke and emphysema.
Around 15,500 cases of cancer diagnosed each year in Australian adults could be linked to tobacco smoking. There is no safe level of tobacco smoking, so it’s important you quit smoking all together, rather than just cut down.
There are many health benefits from quitting smoking. In the first 6 hours of quitting, your heart rate slows and blow pressure becomes more stable. Within a week your sense of smell and taste start to improve. Within 5 years there is a large drop in your risk of heart attack and stroke and after 15 years of no smoking your risk of heart attack and stroke is close to that of a person who has never smoked.
Along with the health benefits, quitting smoking has financial benefits – a pack a day smoker could save up to $9,500 over the course of a year! Quitting smoking also leads to improved mental health and wellbeing. If you quit, you also reduce the harms to other people around you by not exposing them to second-hand smoke.
- Set a quit date
- Identify your reasons and motivation for quitting – write these down and keep them somewhere in view to remind you
- Change up your routine and avoid situations where you’re tempted to smoke e.g. restructure your morning so that you have a shower or go for a walk first thing before smoking, spend time in places where you can’t smoke e.g. indoor shopping centres, movies
- Ask smokers who are close to you to quit with you or to support you by not offering you cigarettes or smoking around you
- Remove all smoking-related objects form your home e.g. cigarettes, lighters and ash trays
- Consider using nicotine replacement therapy (e.g. patches, gum or mouth spray)
Extra support is available – call the Quitline on 13 78 48, visit iCanQuit.com.au and talk to your GP or health professional