23 December 2016
Cancer Council SA is urging South Australians to make quitting smoking a priority this New Year.
With New Year’s resolutions on people’s minds in the coming days, Cancer Council SA is encouraging people to quit smoking in order to dramatically reduce their risk of cancer and other life threatening diseases.
This year alone, 678 South Australians reached three months smoke-free with the support of Quitline, reducing their risk of smoking related cancer.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Lincoln Size, said that it is an ideal time of year to make some life-changing decisions.
“It may be one of the most common New Year’s resolutions of all, but quitting smoking is one of the best things that you can do for your health and the health of those around you,” Mr Size said.
“The Quitline is an excellent source of professional support and information for those wanting to quit. Our counsellors can help you work through your quitting and increase your chances of success.
“With evidence showing that smokers who use the Quitline are twice as likely to be successful in their quit attempt, I would absolutely encourage those making a quitting resolution to call the Quitline.
“We have found that calls to the Quitline increase in January compared to December as people who smoke make the resolution to quit and seek assistance.
“For those thinking about making 2017 their year to quit smoking I would emphasise that it’s important to have a plan and never give up giving up.
“There are 16 different types of cancer which are caused by smoking, so it is certainly never too late to give up.
“Smoking kills two in three long term users which is why it’s so important to encourage smokers to quit and also deter young people from taking up the deadly habit.”
Mr Size added that the arrival of the New Year provides an opportunity for everyone to make positive changes in their lives.
“Kicking some bad health habits will not only improve your health dramatically, but will often put money in your pocket to spend on things that will make a positive impact on your life,” Mr Size said.
For more information about quitting smoking visit www.quitlinesa.org.au or call Quitline on 13 7848 to speak with one of our counsellors.