Bid to cut smok­ing at busi­nesses

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha-based health agen­cies teamed up on World No To­bacco Day on Thurs­day to re­mind res­i­dents of the health risks of smok­ing and call on lo­cal busi­nesses to con­sider im­ple­ment­ing smoke-free poli­cies in the work­place.

Groups in­clud­ing the Can­cer Coun­cil, Pil­bara Pop­u­la­tion Health and Mawarnkarra Health Ser­vice spent the morn­ing speak­ing to Kar­ratha stake­hold­ers about how they could help re­duce lev­els of smok­ing at their of­fices, be­fore tak­ing their health mes­sage to the com­mu­nity in the af­ter­noon.

Can­cer Coun­cil Pil­bara re­gional ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Anne John­ston said agen­cies wanted busi­nesses to come on board to make lo­cal an­ti­smok­ing ini­tia­tives more sus­tain­able at the grass­roots level.

“We’re try­ing to get smoke-free poli­cies and sup­port net­works within the busi­nesses, so that if some­body does smoke. . . (there’s the ap­proach of) let us sup­port you to quit smok­ing so at least they have a plan,” she said. “We’re also look­ing at some quit-smok­ing train­ing at some busi­nesses, and tack­ling the fact that a lot of busi­nesses lose a lot of pro­duc­tiv­ity due to peo­ple smok­ing.” With about 20 per cent of res­i­dents classed as smok­ers, the Pil­bara has the sec­ond high­est rates of smok­ing in WA af­ter the Kim­ber­ley.

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