Cancer Council ACT encourages a quit smoking attempt for World No Tobacco Day 31st May 2020


World No Tobacco Day is tomorrow, 31st May and Cancer Council ACT supports the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) global campaign to encourage all young people to join the fight to become a tobacco-free generation and in the COVID-19 pandemic, is encouraging every smoker to quit.

CEO of the Cancer Council ACT, Sandra Turner, says that it’s important now, more than ever, for all smokers to have a quit attempt, or not start smoking at all.

“We want to see a generation that is free from tobacco and second-hand smoke and the death and disease smoking causes,” said Ms Turner.

“We know smoking increases the risk for many types of cancer, heart disease and lung disease and e-cigarettes have also been associated with severe respiratory infections.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has already highlighted the increased risks for people with already compromised respiratory systems and that includes smokers.

“No matter what age you are, smoking causes harm and the overall health benefits of quitting are significant.” Ms Turner said.

“It’s not easy to quit and many people may have increased their uptake rather than decreased it, in the recent lockdown period.

“There is help to quit available. Call the Quitline on 13 78 48, talk to your GP, or visit the Cancer Council website for more information,” she said. 

After 12 hours most nicotine is out of the system and blood pressure and heart rate begin to normalise. Within days sense of taste and smell improves and years’ later risk of cancer and other diseases are significantly reduced (see attached).

WHAT: CCACT is encouraging ACT smokers to make a quit attempt on World No Tobacco Day.

WHEN: Sunday 31st May 2020


Contact Details:

Sandra Turner CEO, Cancer Council ACT - Mobile: 0414 695 632.

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