Day aims to encourage smokers to quit
The health risks and costs of smoking will be in the spotlight on Friday as part of World No Tobacco Day.
The day is an initiative of the World Health Organisation to encourage a global approach to reducing the health risks and costs of smoking.
Smoking is one of the most serious health risk factors in Australia. Quit-smoking campaigns seem to have been more successful in metropoli- tan than in areas.
Recognised as the largest single preventable cause of death and disease in Australia, smoking is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, emphysema, asthma, bronchitis, eye disease, kidney disease and cancer.
More than 6.7 million people live in rural and remote areas, and a significantly higher proportion of them
rural or remote smoke; 22.4 per cent in outer regional and remote areas and 18.4 per cent in inner regional areas, compared with 14.7 per cent in metropolitan areas.
Not only are rates of smoking higher in rural areas, but there is less access to medical, general and specialist care, lower treatment rates and later hospital presentations.
In Benalla smokers who are seeking help to cut down or quit smoking can discuss the support that is available with their GP and other health workers. All the services work with people to support them make better choices to improve their health.
Quit counsellors are available at Benalla Community Health and appointments can be made by phoning 5761 4500. Everyone can access the services of QUIT Victoria online at www.quit.org.au or by phoning the Quitline on 13 78 48.