It’s time to tackle tobacco
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 http://bit.ly/ tacklingtobaccoqld.