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  • Cancer Council disappointed at smoking rate increase

    16 September 2018

    The South Australian Government and Cancer Council SA have announced the smoking rate in South Australia is now at 16.5%, an increase of 1.6% from the previous rate of 14.9%.

    The news coincides with the Government’s announcement that consultation with businesses, stakeholders and government agencies would soon begin to inform a number of legislative issues.

    Cancer Council SA General Manager Services, Research and Public Policy Alana Sparrow said that it was pleasing that the Government are looking to address some of the issues around tobacco laws in South Australia, but it’s only the first step.

    “Given the success in recent years at driving the smoking rate down it is disappointing to see more South Australians taking up the habit. With 2 out of 3 long term smokers dying from a smoking related illness this is a problem that requires immediate action.”

    “Smoking continues to be South Australia’s largest preventable cause of death and disease, with 1 in 5 cancer deaths caused by smoking. Up to 90 per cent of all lung cancers in men, and 65 per cent of lung cancers in women, are attributed to smoking.”

    Evidence shows that the greatest drivers of getting people to quit smoking include sustained investment in high quality, anti-smoking mass media campaigns, increased taxation and smoke free areas.

    “It’s important our efforts to drive down the smoking rate are focused on both supporting people to quit and reducing uptake, particularly amongst young people,” said Ms Sparrow.

    “Here at Cancer Council SA we are passionate about supporting South Australian’s to quit smoking. Evidence shows that smokers who use Quitline are twice as likely to be successful in their quit attempts and we encourage anyone wanting to quit to contact Quitline on 13 78 48.

    Quitline Counsellors are available between 8.30am to 7.45am Monday to Friday and between 2.00pm to 4.45pm on Saturday. Quitline also operates a TIS service for those that don’t speak English.

    Contact Quitline today on 13 7848 or visit www.quitlinesa.org.au

    Tips for quitting successfully:

      • Have a plan for quitting
      • Think about your motivations for quitting. Focus on the positives like the money saved and the health benefits
      • Think about your smoking triggers, identify them, then think about a plan to deal with your triggers
      • Never give up giving up.....you get better each time you quit!
      • Having support and encouragement can be really important – who is your support team?
      • Call the Quitline 13 7848


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