Tobacco Action

The Tobacco Action mob are here to help people quit and encourage young people to never start the smokes.

We use a variety of ways to get the message out there at schools; the regional prison; community groups; and events from educational activities to presentations. We also offer group and one on one counselling on techniques for quitting.

Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable death and disease in Australia, with smoking being responsible for 1 in 5 deaths in Aboriginal communities.Around two thirds of Australian smokers will die prematurely because they smoked (according to research from the Australian National University and Sax Institute).

Around 13% of people smoke in WA, but the Goldfields have higher rates of smoking (16%). Smoking rates are much higher in Aboriginal populations (41%), prison inmates (79%) and people living in remote areas (up to 70%).

Smoking during pregnancy can result into increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), birth defects, low birth weight, miscarriage and stillbirth. Babies and children exposed to second-hand smoke may also develop asthma, allergies, lung cancer, middle ear infections and are at higher risk for SIDS.

It is never too late to stop smoking as the risk of getting serious diseases will be reduced. Quitting is a journey and the rewards of quitting are much higher than personal and financial gains. Kick cigarettes before it kicks you.

How can I get help quitting the smokes?

You can come into Bega Clinic at 16-18 MacDonald Street and ask your doctor how we can help, or submit a referral form for someone to call you back

 

Schools and Community Organisations interested in Tobacco Action working together with you on your project should contact Sachin Khera (Regional Tobacco Coordinator) on 9022 5500.

TIS referral form