Quit Smoking

At CFA support to quit smoking is available to all members.

Why quit?

Smoking harms almost all of the organs in your body, reduces general health and can cause fatal diseases such as: cigarette_1.jpg

  • Heart disease, heart attack and stroke
  • Cancer of the lungs, mouth, nose, throat, oesophagus, pancreas, kidneys, liver, bladder, bowel, ovaries, cervix, bone marrow and stomach.
  • Lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
  • Poor circulation to feet and hands, which can lead to gangrene and amputation.

Smoking negatively affects your respiratory, circulatory, immune, and musculoskeletal systems.

Quit Support

To assist members to successfully quit smoking the health and wellbeing team can provide members with information and quit packs, and link members in with other support services to help them quit. In addition to this quit seminars and short courses can be arranged for groups. These seminars and courses are facilitated by Quit Victoria and to motivate participants to quit, whilst providing resources, strategies and information to participants about quitting smoking, dealing with challenges and how to stay quit. Options include:

  • Quit Seminar: run between 60 and 90 minutes to a group of up to 50 people.
  • The Fresh Start Course: 8 x 1 hour sessions, delivered to a group of up to 15 people. 
  • Short Course: 2 x 3 hour sessions, delivered to a group of up to 15 people.

(information taken from www.quit.org.au/resource-centre/communities/workplaces

To organise a seminar or short course for your brigade or CFA workplace contact the health and wellbeing team on 03 9262 8843.

Quit products

Research shows that people who use nicotine replacement products are more likely to quit and stay quit. Under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) Australian smokers have access to discounted smoking cessation products such as nicotine patches. To receive this discount you need to get a prescription from your doctor. The discount includes a 12 week supply of Nicabate, Nicorette or Nicotinell products and should be applied alongside smoking cessation coaching and counseling. 

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