World No Tobacco Day is helping to create a world without tobacco. But to truly make a change, everyone needs to get involved – smokers and non-smokers alike. Did you know despite the impacts of smoking, over 16% of Australians continue to smoke? However, 75% of smokers do want to quit and they are 4x more likely to quit smoking with the help of a healthcare professional.

World No Tobacco Day being held on May 30th, 2018 focuses on the impact tobacco has on cardiovascular health of people worldwide.

Did you know: Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) kill more people than any other cause of death worldwide, and tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure contribute to approximately 12% of all heart disease deaths. Tobacco use is the second leading cause of CVD, after high blood pressure.

Other scary facts:

  • Tobacco kills up to half of its users.
  • The global tobacco epidemic kills more than 7 million people each year, of which close to 900 000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke.

Know a smoker? Encourage them to see a health care professional

We know smoking has significant health consequences, so if a loved one smokes, you obviously want them to quit. But nagging them won’t work. Encourage them to see a doctor instead because only by seeking the help of a health care professional are they 4x more likely to quit compared to doing it alone.

Questions to ask your doctor

Make the conversation about quitting smoking easier. Download ‘Questions to ask your doctor’ and take them along to your appointment.

https://www.helptoquit.com.au/media/HelpToQuit_Qs-to-ask-your-doctor.pdf

See a few questions below that you can use:

  • What are the options to help me stop smoking?
  • How long will it take for me to quit?
  • How will I feel?
  • If I’m taking medicine can I still quit?
  • How will my health benefit from stopping smoking?
  • Will I gain weight?
  • What can I do to increase my chance of success?
  • Is there anything I should avoid when trying to quit?

Quitting with your doctor and a support program

Speak to your doctor to find out how to have the best chance of quitting. Your doctor will have experience treating other smokers and will also be familiar with your medical history.

Don’t delay, book an appointment with your GP today!

Three convenient locations offering a fresh approach to your health care:

Providence Medical Warners Bay
472 The Esplanade, Warners Bay NSW 2282

Providence Medical & Dental, Belmont
Shop 3-6, Belmont Central Shopping Centre, 1 Singleton St, Belmont NSW 2290

Providence Medical Thornton
4 Bunbury St, Thornton NSW 2322

Resources:

Help to quit
https://www.helptoquit.com.au