It’s time to tackle to­bacco

Warwick Daily News - - OPINION -

CAN­CER Coun­cil Queens­land is on a mis­sion to stamp out smok­ing in dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties and is en­cour­ag­ing so­cial and com­mu­nity ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tions to join it.

Rates of daily smok­ing are about three times higher among adults liv­ing in so­cio-eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged ar­eas than those in ad­van­taged ar­eas, and two and a half times for in­dige­nous Queens­lan­ders – putting peo­ple’s lung health and lives at risk.

Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land CEO Chris McMil­lan said Lung Can­cer Aware­ness Month pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to raise com­mu­nity aware­ness of lung can­cer and of­fer sup­port to both those af­fected and those at a higher risk of the dis­ease.

“More than 2300 Queens­lan­ders are di­ag­nosed with lung can­cer each year, and sadly, around 1760 will die from the dis­ease each year,” Ms McMil­lan said.

“While there are many fac­tors that can con­trib­ute to lung can­cer, we do know that smok­ing is the lead­ing cause, with an es­ti­mated 80 per cent of all lung can­cer cases in the state at­trib­ut­able to smok­ing.

“Ed­u­ca­tion is vi­tal in help­ing all Queens­lan­ders un­der­stand the many in­di­vid­ual and so­cial fac­tors that con­trib­ute to smok­ing and lung can­cer – so that those af­fected don’t have to face can­cer alone.”

To re­duce the phys­i­cal, so­cial and fi­nan­cial im­pact that smok­ing has on dis­ad­van­taged pop­u­la­tions, Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land has re­cently launched a new web­page, Tack­ling To­bacco Queens­land. Find it at tack­ling­to­bac­co­qld.

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