Quit smoking

Now is the time to quit smoking, for a happier, healthier life


It is never too late to quit smoking, and the sooner you quit, the more you cut your risk of cancer.

It is also important to avoid second-hand tobacco smoke. Even if you don't smoke, breathing in other people's cigarette smoke can increase your risk of cancer.

About one in eight deaths from cancer are due to smoking. Smoking causes cancer of the lung, larynx, throat, mouth, nose, ovary, bowel, ureter, bladder, liver, kidney, oesophagus, pancreas, tongue, cervix, bone marrow (myeloid leukaemia) and stomach. More than 15,000 Australians are diagnosed with a smoking-related cancer every year.


  • Call the Quitline on 13 7848 and ask for a free Quit pack. A trained Quit specialist can also help you with practical and expert advice.
  • Visit www.quit.org.au for advice and information on quitting. You can also use the QuitCoach or QuitTxt. QuitCoach is a web-based computer program that can advise you based on your situation. QuitTxt  provides regular SMS messages including tips and encouragement.
  • People who have the best chance of quitting are those who get some coaching and use quitting medications. Practice saying, ‘thanks, but I don't smoke', in case you're offered a cigarette.
  • Think of yourself as a non-smoker.

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