29 May 2015
This Sunday May 31st is World No Tobacco Day.
Here in South Australia, smoking kills around 20 people every week, and this World No Tobacco Day we are encouraging and supporting smokers to quit and reminding young people why they never want to take up the deadly habit in the first place.
It is also a great opportunity to reflect on the incredible tobacco - related achievements made possible by your generous support of Cancer Council SA.
These achievements include:
- A ban on smoking in outdoor alfresco dining areas from mid next year
- A drop in the smoking rate from 19.4 per cent in 2013 to 15.7 per cent last year
- Anti-tobacco advertising reinstated encouraging smokers to quit
- The establishment of a Parliamentary Committee to look at the regulation of personal vaporisers, including e-cigarettes and their sale to minors
- Prisoners supported to quit smoking in five SA prisons
- A new Quitline website launched to support smokers to quit
- 2,079 calls to Quitline this year so far.
It is thanks to you and the wonderful South Australian community that these achievements are possible.
I look forward to working with you to make a difference in the lives of people affected by cancer.