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Cigarette Smoking

What are the risks?

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

  • 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 emphasema.
  • Poor circulation to feet and hands, which can lead to gangrene and amputation.

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

Immediate effects of quitting
  • Improve immune system
  • Improve fitness
  • Reduce risk of cancers
  • Reduce risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Reduce risk of respiratory disease
  • Improve life expectancy
Ways to quit
  • Call the quitline (13QUIT)
  • Get support at quitnow.gov.au
  • Patches and gum
  • Meditation
  • Go ‘cold turkey’
  • Order a Quit Pack
  • Alternative measures such as hypnosis and acupuncture
Tips to deal with cravings
  • Take deep breaths
  • Drink water
  • Chew gum
  • Use quit products such
  • as nicotine patches
  • and gum
  • Meditate
  • Change your environment