Find your reason to quit smoking

Many of our mob find it hard to believe but smoking causes more deaths and sickness in our communities than alcohol. Smoking causes heart and lung disease which are the two biggest killers in our communities. It also causes diseases such as stroke, cancer of the throat, mouth, stomach, pancreas and kidney and weak bones. It can make diabetes and asthma worse.

Some things our mob don’t like about smoking

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Effects of smoking

 You can get more information on the effects of smoking by reading our info booklets hereRemember if you’re not ready to quit smoking yet, smoke outdoors and away from children.

Sol Bellear from AMS Redfern talks about the impact of smoking 

Christine Carriage from Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation talks about the impact of smoking 

Mark Spinks from Babana Men's Group talks about the impact of smoking 

How much is it costing you?

Smoking isn't just bad for your health it's also bad for your wallet. See how much you could save by using the No Smokes costs calculator.

When do you smoke?

Giving up smoking is easy for some people and hard for others. Before you stop smoking, you need to know when you smoke.

  • When I wake up
  • When I have a coffee or tea
  • When I’m on the phone
  • After a meal
  • When I have an alcoholic drink
  • When I’m tired
  • When I’m worried, stressed, upset or angry
  • When I have a break at work
  • When I’m driving

These times will be danger times for you when trying to quit. You will need to work out other ways of getting through these times when you stop smoking. Cravings only last five minutes at the most.

There are lots of things that can help you when quitting - Nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, sublingual tablets, inhalers or Zyban. They are not right for everyone but a health worker, nurse or doctor can help work out what’s right for you. You can get more info and support in quitting here.