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May was a successful month for quitting smoking

MORE Queenslanders sought support to quit smoking via Quitline in May than any other month in the past seven years, new research shows.

New figures from Queensland Health reveal more than 3000 calls were made to Quitline in May 2014.

High call volumes continued in June with 2154 callers, up from 1854 callers in June 2013.

The government's recent All by myself ad campaign, changes to legislated smoking bans and a new campaign designed to help young women quit smoking have assisted in the increase in calls.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the surge in Queenslanders seeking support and advice was encouraging.

"To see thousands of Queenslanders each month making the decision to seek support to quit smoking is extremely positive," Ms Clift said.

"Smoking is estimated to cost the Queensland economy more than $6 billion each year, causing 3422 deaths and resulting in over 35,000 hospitalisations.

"All Queenslanders should be encouraged to take the step and seek the necessary help available to quit this habit.

"These stats show smoking bans, quit smoking campaigns and education and prevention messages are crucial in supporting the community to quit smoking for good.

"We urge the State Government to make a further commitment to see this trend continue with the introduction of smoke free public places in State legislation.

"The urgent introduction of smoke free public places, including bus stops, taxi ranks, ferry terminals and pedestrian malls, is a crucial strategy to help further reduce smoking rates.

"Smoke free spaces are one of the best ways to protect Queenslanders from the harmful effects of smoking and second-hand smoke and will continue historic achievements in supporting more Queenslanders to quit.

Almost one in five of all male deaths in Queensland and one in 10 female deaths are caused by smoking each year, and 46 per cent of smoking related deaths occur in people under the age of 75.

Evidence suggests ongoing law reform, such as smoke free spaces, would further encourage Queenslanders to quit smoking.

Smokers can obtain free information, practical assistance and support from Quitline, 13 QUIT (13 7848), or join the QUEST to quit at quest.org.au.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available via Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20 or cancerqld.org.au.

Topics:  cancer council queensland, smoking




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