On World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) May 31, Western NSW LHD (WNSLHD) is highlighting the single most important step you can take to improve your health and well-being is to live a smoke free lifestyle.
Despite declining rates of smoking in Australia, tobacco smoking remains the leading cause of disease and premature death, and is a leading risk factor for many chronic diseases. In NSW 15.2% of the population smoke tobacco, WNSWLHD has one of the highest rates of smoking tobacco of any LHD in NSW with 23.5%.
“The 2019 WNTD theme highlights the impact of tobacco smoking on the health of our lungs, for example worsening of asthma symptoms, an increased risk of chronic respiratory disease and lung cancer”; said Health Promotion Officer, Siobahn Graham.
“Inhaling tobacco smoke not only affects the lung health of smokers, but also the lungs of people breathing in second hand smoke. Children are particularly susceptible to the effects of second hand smoke as their lungs are still developing. This really highlights the importance of making sure we all live, work and play in smoke free environments”; said Ms Graham.
"So many people in our community will relate to this year’s World No Tobacco Day theme, whether you are a smoker or not. You only get one set of lungs so why risk damaging them by breathing in tobacco smoke?”
If you or someone you know is thinking about giving up, May 31 2019 is a great date to start, and the good news is you don’t have to go it alone. Help and support is available by simply calling the Quitline on 13 78 48, or visit https://www.icanquit.com.au/