Smoking

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Adolescent patients at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead created this 40 second animation, using clay, pipe cleaners and other materials  to spread the word that eventually, Smoking Kills Fun.

Smoking in NSW: the facts

  • 7.5% of 12-17 year olds report being current weekly or daily smokers1

  • 18% of youth aged 16-24 smoke daily1

  • 16.4% of adults aged 16 and over smoke every day2

Health effects of smoking

  • Tobacco smoking causes more than 5,400 deaths and 46,000 hospitalisations each year in NSW and remains the leading cause of preventable disease and death in Australia.3,4

  • Tobacco smoking is a proven risk factor for cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer. It can also cause emphysema and other respiratory diseases, impotence and infertility.5

  • Passive smoking also contributes significantly to the health of your child and can lead to increased risk of middle ear infection, SIDS, asthma and other breathing problems.5

  • In addition, children of smokers are also four times more likely to become smokers themselves.

  • Quitting at any stage regardless of sex, age or length of smoking brings benefits to smokers. Most people take several quit attempts before they are successful and each time a person attempts to quit smoking, their chances of successfully quitting for good increases.

Strategies to help you quit smoking

Products to help you quit smoking

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is available on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). This means people that smoke can access a full course of 12 weeks of nicotine patches (21mg/24hr or 15mg/16hr). Concession card holders will only pay $18.30 for a full course of 12 weeks. Patients will need to see a doctor to get a prescription (one original plus two repeats).

Varenicline (Champix) and Buproprion (Zyban) are two pharmacotherapies available to aid in stopping smoking. Please click here to find out the current pricing. Talk to your General Practitioner (GP) for more information or to discuss medication options. A summary of the medications that are available to help smokers to quit are provided below. They are all much cheaper than continuing to smoke.

ProductDosage
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) PatchesAt least one patch per day (based on nicotine dependence) for at least eight weeks
Varenicline (Champix)12 week course
Bupropion (Zyban)At least seven weeks (120 tablets)
Nicotine gum, lozenges, sublingual tablet, inhaler, mouth spray, oral strips, inhalerAs directed on packaging.  Can be used in combination with NRT and/or medication.

If you smoke a packet of 20 cigarettes a day for around $20 a packet, that equals $140 per week.

This equals $1,680 over a 12 week period!

Information sheets on Nicotine Replacement Therapies (NRT) and information for health professionals are available in the downloads section.

Links to further information

NSW Quitline:
www.icanquit.com.au

Quit Coach
www.quitcoach.org.au

Quit now
www.quitnow.gov.au

Smarter Than Smoking
www.smarterthansmoking.org.au

The Cancer Council NSW
www.cancercouncil.com.au/cancer-prevention/smoking/

NSW Health
www.health.nsw.gov.au/publichealth/healthpromotion/tobacco/index.asp

References

1. NSW Ministry of Health. (2014). The Health of Children and Young People in NSW: Report of the Chief Health Officer 2014. Retrieved March 2, 2015, from Centre for Epidemiology and Evidence:http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/epidemiology/Publications/2014-CHO-Report.pdf 2. Ministry of Health. (2013). Current Smoking in Adults. Retrieved March 2, 2015, from Health Statistics of NSW: http://www.healthstats.nsw.gov.au/Indicator/beh_smo_age/beh_smo_age?filter1ValueId=&filter2ValueId=
3. NSW Ministry of Health. (2013). Smoking Attributable Hospitalisations. Retrieved March 2, 2015, from Health Statistics New South Wales: http://www.healthstats.nsw.gov.au/Indicator/beh_smoafdth/beh_smoafdth
4. 
NSW Ministry of Health. (2011). Smoking Attributable Deaths. Retrieved March 2, 2015, from Health Statistics New South Wales: http://www.healthstats.nsw.gov.au/Indicator/beh_smoafdth/beh_smoafdthNSW
5. NSW Health (2005) "Let's take a moment" quit smoking brief intervention- a guide for all health professionals. Sydney: NSW Health.