In 2014-15, 20.7 per cent of adults aged 16 years and over in South Western Sydney (SWS) were current smokers compared with NSW (15.6 per cent)
More people were in hospital for smoking-related lung cancer in South Western Sydney (68.5 per 100,000) than the rest of NSW (59.5 per 100,000)
SWS had a higher smoking-related death rate in 2013 (64.9 per 100,000 population) than NSW (60.8 per 100,000 population)
Every time you smoke, the poisonous chemicals in cigarette smoke go into your mouth, lungs, brain and blood.
Your blood carries these poisonous chemicals and they change the way your body operates
On the inside walls of your lungs are tiny little hairs called cilia. They keep your lungs clean and protect them from dust, dirt and germs
The poisonous chemicals contained in cigarette smoke damage your cilia. The more you smoke, the more of your cilia are damaged. Once they are damaged, there is nothing else in your body to protect your lungs
When you smoke, it prevents your brain from getting all the oxygen it needs
When you smoke, the poisonous chemicals from the cigarette smoke gets into your bloodstream and makes it harder for your blood to pump oxygen around your body.
When you smoke, less oxygen gets to your brain and damage to the blood vessels can lead to you having a stroke.
The chemicals in cigarette smoke poison your body. This causes small lumps called tumours or cancers to grow. They can grow anywhere in your body, but especially the places where the cigarette smoke reaches first – your mouth, throat and lungs.
Smokers are more likely to end up with type 2 diabetes than non-smokers
Smoking is the single largest cause of COPD and chronic asthma may turn into into COPD in later life
Some treatment options are not offered to smokers because they don’t heal as well. Implants are one of those treatments. The health of your mouth, gums and teeth, as well as your senses of taste and smell, will improve if you quit smoking.
New South Wales (NSW) smoke-free laws mean you can’t smoke any lit tobacco or non-tobacco product (such as a water-pipe) in an indoor public place.
Outdoor smoking is banned where people queue or gather, such as:
Every year more Australians who quit smoking and there are less current smokers.
Below is a table of the health benefits experienced at different stages of the quitting process.
When you decide to quit, it is important to have a proper quit plan. Doing it alone and cold turkey is hard and you are more likely to not be successful. Work out exactly what resources (such as nicotine replacement therapy), services and other forms of reliable help you can use and use them as much as possible, so you have the best chance of quitting smoking.
When quitting. the first person you should speak with is your GP. They can help you find the best method for quitting. This might be ‘going cold turkey’, or using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) or a counselling service.
You need to see your GP if you want to use prescription medications or pay less for nicotine patches. Talk to your GP before quitting if you have other health conditions, such as diabetes or a mental illness and are taking other medications.
You have decided to quit and now it is time to plan. The more you prepare, the better the chance you will give up. Get as much information as you can.
There are many methods you can use to Quit smoking. The best is to #talktoyourgp who may recommend a form of Nicotine Replacement Therapy, which includes patches, gum, inhalator, lozenge, mouth spray and oral strip.
There are also support services, such as telephone or face-to-face counselling. This can give you the motivation, structure, confidence, new skills and support you will need during the quitting period.
Quitline offers trained advisors for the cost of a local call from landlines or higher rates from mobiles (check with your carrier for details). Quitline advisors talk with you about your difficulties with quitting and give you reliable information and support. They can also call you at a certain time for more support.
Family and friends of smokers and others requesting information about smoking can also call.
Quitline operates Monday to Friday 7.00am-10.30pm, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 9.00am-5.00pm. Call 13 7848 or 13 QUIT,
iCanQuit.com.au lets you share your quit story and shows you how others are going. You can track your quit journey and see how much money you can save when you quit. There is lots of information about quit smoking methods, how to get started and how to stay quit
Individual counselling usually involves weekly face-to-face meetings between a smoker and a counsellor trained in helping a smoker give up. They mostly take place over a period of at least four weeks after the quit date and are normally combined with some form of nicotine replacement therapy.
Contact Quitline on 13 7848 for individual counselling and information on the nearest group counselling service available to you.