27 December 2014
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, 692 South Australians have successfully quit smoking with the support of Quitline, while 4265 people registered for Quitline support.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive, Professor Brenda Wilson, 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,” Professor Wilson 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 2015 their year to quit smoking I would emphasize that it’s important to have a plan and never give up giving up.
“Smoking kills one in two 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.”
Professor Wilson added that the arrival of the New Year provides an opportunity for everyone to make positive changes in their lives.
“Even if you’re a non-smoker, through healthy eating, exercising and limiting alcohol consumption individuals can reduce their risk of cancer,” Professor Wilson said.
“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 actually make a positive impact on your life.”
To cut your cancer risk visit www.cancersa.org.au or receive advice on how to quit smoking through the Quitline on 13 7848