QUIT Victoria is encouraging rural Victorians to butt out for a fresh start to 2017, as survey results show Victorians living outside Melbourne are more likely to smoke than those living in the metropolitan area.
The Victorian Population Health Survey shows that overall, 13% of Victorians smoke daily or occasionally (current smokers).
More adults in rural and regional areas are current smokers (16%) compared to metropolitan Melbourne (12%).
Quit Victoria Director Dr Sarah White said a new year was a great time to make a fresh start, and encouraged rural and regional smokers to put quitting at the top of their agenda.
“It doesn’t matter if you didn’t quit smoking on January 1 – in fact, we recommend setting a quit date after the holiday period when people are back to work or the kids are back at school,”she said.
“This gives people time to put strategies in place to avoid situations that trigger the urge to smoke, and set up some new and healthier routines for 2017.
“Making quitting a priority this January will bring immediate benefits for your health and the health of those around you, and will save a pack a day smoker more than $9000 a year.
“A great first step is to phone the Quitline and talk to a specialist, who can provide personalised, non-judgemental coaching and advice on understanding your smoking triggers and setting up a tailored quitting plan.”
Dr White said quitting could be difficult for some smokers, but every attempt teaches people something about their addiction and habits and brings them closer to being a non-smoker.
“Not everyone succeeds the first, second, or even third time they try to quit but it’s important to give it another go. In most parts of Victoria there are more former smokers than current smokers, so we know that quitting smoking is absolutely do-able. It will also deliver massive benefits for your health and wealth.”
Tools available at www.quit.org.au can help people understand their smoking habits, choose the best way to quit and plan their quit attempt.
Smokers can phone the Quitline on 13 78 48.