09 March 2016
We are thrilled to share some developments in Cancer Council SA’s prevention area, which is dedicated to helping to reduce the risk of a cancer diagnosis for all South Australians.
Our advocacy pays off
Smoking kills two out of three long-term users and it is crucial to help South Australians kick this deadly habit. Thanks to your amazing support, Cancer Council SA has campaigned tirelessly to making great progress in this area.
Here are some of the highlights:
- SA’s smoking rate has dropped from 19.4 per cent to 15.7 per cent between 2013 and 2014.
- The ongoing tax increases on tobacco, cigars and cigarettes is having a real impact.
- Based on previous price hikes, each time a tax increase occurs, our Quitline receives more calls from South Australians wanting to kick their habit.
- From 1 July 2016, the State Government will impose a smoking ban in outdoor alfresco dining across all cafes, restaurants and pubs.
For support to quit smoking, call Quitline on 13 7848 or visit www.quitlinesa.org.au
Quitskills reduces the cancer risk among Aboriginal communities
With your amazing support, we have secured government funding for the development and delivery of our Quitskills program. It is nationally recognised training that provides the skills, knowledge and confidence for those who support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in their quit smoking journeys.
Ngarrindjeri woman, Sarah Agius, is a Healthy Lifestyle worker at the Nunkuwarrin Yunti Aboriginal health service, and was among those who completed the course in 2015. Sarah understands from her personal experience, the life-threatening risks posed by smoking. Tragically, she lost her sister from a heart attack at 30 as a result of smoking and her father had a triple bypass at the age of 55.
Sarah recognises the enormity of the problem of smoking in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, but believes that education programs are making a huge impact, saying “I’ve seen a big change in the way Aboriginal people think about smoking.”
This is just a snapshot of the vital work in prevention that Cancer Council SA is able to carry out, thanks to the wonderful support of people like you.
Together, we are moving closer every day to a future where cancer is no longer feared, but seen as a preventable, manageable and treatable disease.