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Tobacco smoking is the largest cause of preventable disease and death in NSW.

Quitting smoking at any time can improve your health. In NSW, free resources are available to help you on your quitting journey.

Tobacco smoking is the largest cause of preventable disease and death in NSW. Each year in NSW 46,335 hospitalisations and 5,460 deaths are attributed to smoking, but quitting smoking at any time can improve your health.

The Cancer Institute NSW develops anti-smoking campaigns, provides support services and implements projects to help reduce smoking across the state.

Why is quitting important?

Smoking increases the risk of many cancers – data in 2008 shows more than one in four male cancer deaths (28 per cent) and one in five (20 per cent) of all female cancer deaths could be attributed to smoking in NSW.

On average, smokers die around 10 years earlier than non-smokers.

What you need to know

Smoking is very addictive and some smokers do need assistance to kick the habit for good.

NSW Quitline (13 78 48) and are here to help smokers to quit and stay quit.

The Framework sets out four implementation strategies that support health professionals to provide evidence-based smoking cessation interventions and treatment, as part of routine practice.

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Find out about the Cancer Institute NSW's tobacco control goals and what has been achieved so far.

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Quitting smoking is a journey that people don't need to go on alone—find out the best ways to support a friend, family member or colleague.

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The NSW Quitline 13 7848 (13 QUIT) is a confidential telephone information and advice service to help smokers quit and stay quit.

Aboriginal people in NSW have higher cancer incidence and mortality rates than non-Aboriginal people.

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The Cancer Institute NSW is working closely with cancer services across NSW on a project to embed smoking cessation brief interventions into all cancer services.

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is not cancer, but it is linked to smoking. Also known as emphysema, it is estimated to impact almost 1.5 million people across Australia. Find out about the causes and symptoms of COPD.

Image of world map showing countries that have implemented plain packaging of cigarettes and the countries who have made steps to do the same.

Plain cigarette packaging in Australia has been in place since 2012. See other countries who've adopted or are on the way to adopting plain tobacco packaging.

quit smoking campaigns in NSW, Australia

Quit smoking mass media campaigns to help people understand the harms of smoking and support smokers to quit. Watch campaign videos and download resources.

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