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Know the Facts

The Stats

  • Smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Australia
  • 9 in 10 households in South Western Sydney are smoke free
  • 6 out of 7 adults in South Western Sydney do not smoke
  • Smoking rates in Australia have halved between 1991 to 2013
  • In Campbelltown, hospitalisations related to smoking are significantly higher than the state average

The quit-smoking timeline

  • In the first 20 minutes since having your last cigarette, your heart rate decreases
  • Within 12 hours the level of carbon monoxide in your blood decreases dramatically
  • Within two weeks to three months your risk of heart attack is beginning to reduce and your lung function is improving
  • After one month without a cigarette, coughing and shortness of breath both decrease
  • Within one year your risk of coronary heart disease is halved
  • After five years without smoking the risks of mouth, throat and oesophagus cancer drop
  • After 15 years your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker

Other benefits of quitting or cutting back:

  • Things begin to taste and smell better
  • Your skin appearance improves
  • You feel healthier than before, as your fitness improves
  • You save plenty of money
  • Your risk of heart disease and other diseases and cancers reduces
  • Your lungs work better and coughing or shortness of breath lessens
  • Your life expectancy increases
  • Your quality of life improves
  • You avoid bad breath and stained teeth
  • You expose yourself to fewer chemicals and toxins
  • You feel more in control

Did you know?

  • People, including children, who live with the second-hand smoke of a smoker, increase their risk of lung cancer by 20-30%. Making your home a smoke-free environment is a positive step in the right direction
  • The more you smoke, the more your body learns to depend on the nicotine that is contained within cigarettes. But the benefits and pleasurable effects of nicotine disappear within a few minutes
  • Quitting with the help of a nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) such as a patch, inhaler or spray, can increase the rate of success by 50 – 70 per cent
  • Doctors can prescribe medications to help people who are experiencing trouble quitting smoking using other methods. Check with your doctor to find the best way for you to quit
  • E-cigarettes containing nicotine are illegal in Australia
  • Water pipes (hookahs, shishas and argile) are forms of tobacco
  • If a smoker is able to stop smoking before the age of 30, they will carry the same health risks as a non-smoker

Where can’t you smoke?

  • It is illegal to smoke in any enclosed public place and certain outdoor public areas
  • It is an offence to smoke in a car with children under 16 years (including e-cigarettes)
  • Smoking within 10m of children’s play equipment in outdoor public places is also banned
  • Public swimming pools, spectator areas at sport grounds and other recreational areas used for sporting events are also smoke-free zones
  • Smoking is not allowed at public transport stops and platforms or within 4m of a pedestrian access point to a public building
  • It is illegal to smoke in any outdoor commercial dining area
  • Western Sydney University campuses

For more information about tobacco and its effects, check out the Youth Solutions website Drug Information pages.