18 December 2017
With 2017 drawing to a close and New Year’s resolutions on people’s minds, Cancer Council SA is encouraging South Australians to make the commitment and quit smoking in order to dramatically reduce their risk of cancer and other life threatening diseases.
This year alone, 407 people 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.
“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 Quitline are twice as likely to be successful in their quit attempt, I would absolutely encourage those making a quitting resolution to call Quitline.
“We have found that calls to Quitline increase in January compared to December as people who smoke make the resolution to quit and seek assistance.
“For those thinking about making 2018 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.
Quitline 13 7848
Tips for quitting successfully:
- Have a plan for quitting
- Think about your motivations for quitting. Focus on the positives like the money saved and the health benefits
- Think about your smoking triggers, identify them, then think about a plan to deal with your triggers
- Never give up giving up.....you get better each time you quit!
- Having support and encouragement can be really important – who is your support team?
- Call the Quitline 13 7848