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Smoking is the greatest cause of preventable death in the developed world.
Tobacco smoke causes a range of serious and life-threatening diseases and is responsible for more than 3400 deaths in Queensland each year.
Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you can do to reduce your risk of cancer. Tobacco smoke contains more than 4000 chemicals, including at least 69 carcinogens or chemicals known to cause cancer.
There are immediate health benefits as soon as you put out your last cigarette, even if you already suffer health problems.
- Tobacco Smoke is poison
- Health benefits
- Smoking causes disease and has many health consequences
- Most smokers need help to quit and there are many services to help you quit for good.
Smokers take a health risk every time they choose to light up. That is their decision and their choice. Many Australians choose not to smoke. This means they don't want to inhale tobacco smoke. Second-hand smoke has negative affects for everyone.
Read about Queensland's current anti-tobacco legislation. Anti-tobacco legislation is the best way to prevent future generations from taking up smoking.
Online Training for Dental Professionals
The prevalence and severity of periodontal disease and oral cancers have been strongly associated with smoking. Due to the fact that many people visit their dentist every year, the oral health setting provides an ideal opportunity for health professionals to raise the issue of quitting with clients who smoke.Our online smoking cessation training provides oral health professionals with the skills to effectively discuss smoking cessation with patients. The online training explores the following topics:
- the oral health professional's role in providing smoking cessation advice to patients
- nicotine addiction
- smoking cessation brief intervention strategies
- information on the products and services available to help clients quit.
Schools and Youth
We also run a Critics' Choice program to increase awareness among school children.
To find out how much smoking costs you, try our "cost of smoking" calculator.
The information available on this page should not be used as a substitute for advice from a properly qualified medical professional who can advise you about your own individual medical needs. It is not intended to constitute medical advice and is provided for general information purposes only. See our Disclaimer.