Quit for good

About 1 in 8 cancer deaths can be attributed to smoking.  More than 15,000 Australians are diagnosed with a smoking-related cancer each year.

Smoking is a risk factor for 16 cancer types: lung, oral cavity, pharynx, oesophagus, stomach, bowel, liver, pancreas, nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses, larynx, uterine cervix, ovary, urinary bladder, kidney, ureter and bone marrow (myeloid leukaemia).

Tasmania has the second highest smoking rate in the country with over 70,000 adults who smoke daily (17.9% compared to 14.5% nationally).

The benefits of not smoking

Smoking harms nearly every organ in your body. Among smokers who never quit, one in two will die from a disease caused by smoking.

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Help to quit

Call the Quitline on 13 78 48 or visit www.quittas.org.au

Quitline counsellors offer help with quitting for the cost of a local call (except mobiles).  The Quitline counsellors are trained to understand the quitting process and how challenging it can be.  They offer a range of services to help you quit,including:

A callback service to assist you through the quitting process

Advice about various products and quitting methods

Various resources are available.

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Smoking and pregnancy

Quitting smoking when you’re pregnant will make you feel better and give your baby a better start in life. Quitting at any time during your pregnancy reduces the risk of harm to your baby.

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Passive smoking

Passive smoking causes early death and health problems in children and adults who do not smoke. A smoke-free environment is the only way to fully protect non-smokers from the dangers of second-hand smoke.


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Tobacco Retailer Project

The Tobacco Retailer Project aims to support retailers in the North and North West regions of Tasmania, who may be thinking of not selling tobacco anymore, to become a ‘tobacco free zone’. Many retail businesses across Tasmania have already transitioned to no longer selling tobacco due to a number of factors including the low profit margin of tobacco products, increasing licence fee and increased security risks.

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Tasmania's smoke-free laws

From 1 March 2012, additional smoke-free areas were introduced in Tasmania. Aimed at reducing exposure to harmful second-hand cigarette smoke, they cover places where people gather.  Find out more here.


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