Quitting will improve your health

Tobacco smoke is made up of thousands of chemicals including carbon monoxide and tar. About 70 of those chemicals are known to cause cancer.

The Australian Government Quitline initiative identifies that smokers are at a higher risk of developing many potentially deadly diseases including:

  • cancer of the lungs, mouth, nose, throat, oesophagus, pancreas, kidney, liver, bladder, bowel, ovary, cervix, bone marrow and stomach
  • lung diseases such as bronchitis and emphysema
  • heart disease including heart attack and stroke
  • poor blood circulation which can lead to pain and in severe cases, gangrene and amputation.

The introduction of smoke-free sites across the NSW mining industry has been instrumental in reducing the number of workers who smoke tobacco, by almost half.

Statistics from Coal Services medicals in 2015 showed that whilst 27.7% of workers were daily smokers when entering the industry (during pre-employment medical testing), these figures reduced to 17.4% of workers of workers who had worked in the industry for three years or more (results from periodic health surveillance).

Quitting smoking improves your health and reduces your risk of developing smoking related illnesses.

For more information contact the Quitline on 13 78 48.