Nothing worth having a smoke
LEE-ANNE Broome can speak from experience when she says nothing is worth having a cigarette.
The indigenous health worker suffered a massive heart attack about four months ago, which she attributes to the 18-year-long smoking habit she has only recently kicked.
"I am lucky to be here today," she said.
Ms Broome said GP Links Wide Bay's Tackling Smoking was specifically targeting the indigenous population because they were more likely to die 17 years earlier than non-indigenous Australians due to smoking-related illnesses.
Ms Broome said the idea behind the campaign was summed up succinctly by the initiative's mascot, Deadly Dan.
"If you smoke, you choke," she said.
Ms Broome and a number of GP Links employees spent Thursday in Hinkler Central Shopping Centre encouraging smokers to kick the habit.
"I'm going to see how many there are and keep in contact with them as they try to quit," she said.
Ms Broome said she would be able to provide support, knowing first hand how hard it could be to ditch the smokes.
"I tried five times at least," she said.
While it was not easy, Ms Broome said she could not be more thankful that she had managed to rid herself of the addiction.
"I feel so much healthier, I'm exercising more and food tastes so much better," she said.