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Time for a heart-to-heart about smoking

June 4, 2018

Bendigonians are being urged to give cigarettes the flick for good on as part of a worldwide push for an end to tobacco use. 

 

The focus of the global event World No Tobacco Day for this year was tobacco and heart disease. 

 

 

Smoking and heart disease

 

Heart disease kill more people than any other cause of death worldwide.

 

12% of all deaths from heart disease is caused by smoking and second-hand smoke.  

 

Quit for good

 

New research has found that there is no safe level of smoking.

 

Cutting back from a pack a day just one cigarette a day only lowers the heart health risks a little bit.

 

Smoking one cigarette a day on average raised the risk of heart disease by 48 percent over a non-smoker, while smoking 20 cigarettes a day doubled the risk.

 

“Smokers need to quit completely rather than cut down if they wish to avoid most of the risk associated with heart disease" the researchers of the British Medical Journal paper wrote.

 

 

 

No safe smoking


The community are also adviced to be aware of the serious health dangers of ‘chop chop’. Victoria police recently destroyed a tobacco crop near Kerang reported to be worth more than $3 million last month.

 

‘Chop chop’ used by some as an alternative to manufactured tobacco due to its affordability. There are common misconceptions that it is less harmful as some believe it is more ‘natural’.

 

Australian 'chop-chop' users actually report significantly worse health than smokers of normal cigarettes tobacco.

 

Smoking 'chop chop' causes can lead to:

  • liver disease

  • kidney disease

  • skin damage

  • allergic reactions

  • chronic bronchitis

  • asthma and,

  • lung disease

 

 

 

 

Need some help to quit?

 

The more assistance a smoker has in quitting, the greater the chance of success.

 

Contact Bendigo Community Health Service for their quit smoking program: 

P: 5434 4300. Website: https://www.bchs.com.au/quit-smoking

 

Call QUITline on 137848.

 

And as ever, for more help speak to your GP. 

 

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