World No Tobacco Day brings awareness to more people worldwide on the dangers and health risks of smoking tobacco.

Health risks of smoking tobacco include, but are not limited to:

  1. Reduced life expectancy and decreased quality of life
  2. Increased risk of Cancers
  3. Breathing problems and chronic respiratory conditions
  4. Heart disease and stroke
  5. Diabetes
  6. Increased infections
  7. Dental problems
  8. Hearing loss
  9. Vision loss
  10. Fertility problems
  11. Osteoporosis and early menopause

Over 7 million people across the globe are killed because of tobacco smoking, with the leading cause of throat and lung cancers thought to be smoking.

We have seen a substantial decrease of 37% (2018-19) in smoking amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. But, smoking still causes 37% of First Nations deaths and 50% of deaths aged 45 years and over.

If you would like to quit, there are services available to you, including:

  1. The Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) program
  2. Quitline – you can call and ask to speak with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander counsellor
  3. Download the QuitBuddy app
  4. World Health Organization Quitting Toolkit