Western NSW Local Health District (LHD), in partnership with McCarthy’s Pharmacy and the Orange City Bowling club, invite anyone interested in finding out more about how to quit smoking to come along to an open seminar, being held at Orange City Bowling Club on Wednesday, 22nd May at 6pm.
Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death globally and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide. In Australia smoking is responsible for more than 15,000 deaths a year, all of which are preventable. Smoking often leads to irreparable lung disease and is a major risk factor for the majority of cancers, stroke, and heart disease. These illnesses not only effect smokers but also those exposed to second hand smoke.
Nicotine Dependence & Smoking Cessation Project Officer, Sally Bembrick believes that education, understanding and support are the keys to helping smokers break the habit and take control of their health.
“If you have ever tried to quit smoking, and you are still smoking, it may be that you need some help. Most smokers want to give up the habit and many have tried quitting numerous times. Anyone trying to break the habit should not compare themself with other smokers, as many smokers have a specific gene that can influence their smoking rate, nicotine addiction and ability to quit.
“Smokers levels of dependence may vary greatly, as do their responses to treatments. Nicotine is more addictive than either heroin or cocaine, so we need to provide support to smokers in their attempts to quit” Sally said.
There are many myths surrounding the use of nicotine replacement products and medications which can hamper a smoker’s attempts to quit. Smoking cessation support and counselling help to dispel these myths and can increase quit rates and reduce relapse.
“Each time a smoker attempts to quit they learn a little more about themselves. I would urge them not to give up, as every attempt gets them one step closer to eventually quitting” Sally said.
Anyone interested in attending the Smoking Cessation open seminar on Wednesday 22nd May can register with Peita Whiley at McCarthy’s Pharmacy to guarantee their seat. Peita may be reached by phone on 6362-1009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is not compulsory and anyone interested is still welcome to just turn up on the evening.
For further information or to arrange an interview, contact Media Officers Melissa Hamling (6369-3833) or Kate Hennessy (0417-280-903).