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Giving up smoking

Don't make smokes your story - help for quitting smoking

The Australian Government has launched a campaign to help young people and adults who smoke quit smoking. Quitting can be hard and most smokers try a number of times before they quit for good. So take one step at a time and don't beat yourself up. The longer you stay smoke free, the easier it gets.

Learn the benefits of quitting and ways to help you do this.

Don't make smokes your story 
https://campaigns.health.gov.au/smokes

The good news is that, if smokers quit smoking, the body repairs itself quite quickly.

e-cigarettes are not as safe as many people believe.

e-cigarettes use a battery-powered system that produces an inhalable aerosol by heating a liquid that includes nicotine, flavouring, and additives. The resulting aerosol vapour is designed to avoid the cancer causing by-products of tobacco, which has led to their being marketed as a healthier choice than smoking.

There is wide debate as to whether e-cigarettes improve smoking cessation in adult populations, with research providing conflicting results.

These products have high levels of nicotine. In young vapers, early exposure to nicotine can lead to changes in brain activity which cause problems with concentration and memory.

Also multiple studies in different populations and cultures have shown that those who regularly use e-cigarettes are more likely to eventually switch to smoking tobacco products.

Emerging evidence identifies the flavouring chemicals as particularly problematic (their ‘safety’ is not known as there are hundreds of different flavours used).  And it's not just the liquid component that has possible health risks. Evidence also suggests that the heating coil used to generate aerosol in popular e-cigarette devices can transfer highly toxic metals, such as lead, chromium, nickel, and manganese.

One recent analysis even showed that simple exposure to e-cigarette advertisements was associated with progression to first-time tobacco use.

There is much more to read in the article 'In a Haze About e-Cigarettes? 5 Things to Know'
By John Watson, published by Medscape – a site where research about many aspects of health is published. https://www.medscape.com/
July 31, 2018

More to read

Reachout https://au.reachout.com/  

On the Cancer Council SA https://www.cancersa.org.au/ website is a section

Australian Government Department of Health Don't make smokes your story 
https://campaigns.health.gov.au/smokes 

What does the law say?

 Depending on where you live there are different laws about smoking. You need to check the law where you live.

In South Australia

  • It is illegal for retailers to sell tobacco products to anyone who is under 18 years of age. 
  • Cigarette advertising is banned in all forms of the media, and most sporting events (including team sponsorship) 
  • The display of tobacco products is prohibited in retail outlets. Tobacco products must not be visible from anywhere inside or outside a retail outlet.
  • The law also requires that Health Warnings and graphic images appear on the packaging of all tobacco products, and states the size of the warnings and what information they have to include, and cigarettes must not be advertised at places where they are sold.
  • Smoking has been banned in most workplaces, and in public places such as shopping malls, and cinemas. It is increasingly being banned in more places.
  • In South Australia it is illegal to smoke in a car with children as passengers.
  • Cigarette vending machines have also been banned everywhere except hotels and other licensed venues.
  • Smoking is banned within 10 metres of children's public playground equipment.
  • Smoking is banned under covered public transport waiting areas, including bus, tram, train and taxi shelters and other areas used to board or alight from public transport that are covered by a roof.
  • Local councils and other incorporated bodies can apply to have an outdoor area or event declared smoke-free.
  • The age that a person can be fined for smoking-related offences has been reduced to 15 years. 

Resources

Information in languages other than English

Information in many languages is on the QUITnow site. 
http://www.quitnow.gov.au/internet/quitnow/publishing.nsf/Content/help-in-your-language 

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