Smoking increases your risk of developing a stroke, and heart and blood vessel disease. It damages your lungs, and increases your risk of lung cancer as well as cancers of the lips, tongue, mouth, throat, bladder, and pancreas. The damage caused by smoking starts with the first cigarette and continues for as long as you smoke.
Quitting smoking has health benefits at any age. Quitting reduces the risk of developing cancer, heart and airway diseases, and slows the progression of these diseases even if they have already developed. Fifteen years after quitting, an ex-smoker’s risk of stroke or heart attack is similar to a person who has never smoked. Smokers who quit before the age of 35 years can avoid almost any excess risk of developing smoking-related diseases.
The Cancer Council's tobacco control manager, Scott Walsberger, said it was never too late to stop smoking "no matter what your age or how much you smoke".
Research has shown that Community Pharmacies can play a pivotal role in implementing and augmenting smoking cessation services.
With the recent tax increase, there has never been a better time or more compelling reason to Quit.