Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in Australia. You might not notice the damage smoking is doing because it affects your body slowly, but smoking does put a big strain on your body.
Nicotine is the addictive substance that causes smokers to continue to smoke and it contains more than 7,000 other chemicals. When you inhale smoke, the toxins in tobacco are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream and carried throughout your body causing harm to nearly every organ and system of the body.
Quitting at any age will reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic bronchitis and several other health conditions related to smoking.
Quitting at any age has benefits and the earlier you quit, the greater the health benefit. It’s never too late to QUIT!
Want support in quitting smoking?
Student Support Counselling Service on 9286 9891 or
via the online E-counselling service
Information about the risks associated with smoking and support in quitting are available through:
The QuitNow website provides detailed information on how smoking damages your body, steps for getting ready to quit smoking and how to cope with withdrawal symptoms.
Quit programs can be accessed online (QuitCoach), via text message (QuitTxt) or on the telephone (Quitline 137 848)
The Betterhealth website provides important quitting tips.
The OxyGen website provides useful advice on facts about smoking, suggestions on how to quit and a games section on the facts and myths about smoking.
The Reachout website provides crucial information on the health impacts of smoking, common reasons people develop smoking habits, and describes what you can do if you’re interested in giving up smoking.